Tributes to community stalwart

IPSWICH: Tributes have been paid to long-serving member of a residents' group who has retired from the organisation after 40 years.

IPSWICH: Tributes have been paid to long-serving member of a residents' group who has retired from the organisation after 40 years.

Bob Blastock helped to found the Wherstead Road Residents Association (WRRA) back in 1969.

Mr Blastock, 75, held several positions during his time at the WRRA including secretary and treasurer.

In 2005, he was honoured with The Evening Star's Peoples Award for his services to the community.

He also set up the Over Stoke History Group which started as a photo display at the Old Tar Works Room in Wherstead Road in July 1991 and has since grown into a well-established group.

Mr Blastock was also involved in restoration work at St Peter's Church and was responsible for starting refurbishment of the old Bourne Bridge.

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Fred Smy, current chairman of the WRRA, said: “He was the kind of man that got things done.

“Bob is kind, generous and very good in disputes. He was never aggressive but he got his point across and encouraged others to do the same.

“I'm full of praise for him - 40 years is an amazing achievement. I'll miss him but he certainly deserves his retirement.”