Mundesley bench remembers busy couple Graham and Joan Gotts
PUBLISHED: 12:03 01 September 2011
A memorial bench in honour of a well-known Mundesley couple has been unveiled in the village.
The seat at Gold Park recalls former councillor Graham Gotts and his wife Joan.
Mr and Mrs Gotts lived in Mundesley all their married life, some 64 years, apart from the war years, running two businesses - the Cliftonville Stores on Cromer Road and Sandy Gulls caravan park.
Mr Gotts was a parish, district and county councillor. He chaired the parish, and the county highways when the Norwich southern bypass was built.
He served on the district, where he was vice-chairman, until 1999, and a big supporter of Cromer pier’s renovation and its summer shows.
Mr Gotts was also involved with Mundesley Football Club, chairing it for many years, and managing the team after the second world war during its most successful period when they reached the Norfolk Junior Cup semi final three years out of four.
He was also instrumental in setting up the village’s museum.
Mrs Gotts, who played a busy role in both the businesses, died aged 91 in 2005 and Mr Gotts, aged 90, last year, leaving a request in his will to install the bench which has been paid for by the family.
It was unveiled by Mr Gotts and parish council chairman Christopher West who paid tribute to the Gotts’ contribution to the village.