MORE than 100 people said farewell to Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy at his retirement party
MORE than 100 people said farewell to Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy at his retirement party.
Mr Kennedy, 60, who steps down today (Friday) after more than seven years, said he felt “privileged” to have worked in the town.
Among those to attend the event on Tuesday were town councillors past and present, council staff and Mr Kennedy’s family and friends.
His successor Janet Wheeler also attended and Mr Kennedy told her: “You have some fantastic years ahead — enjoy them.”
The town hall was decorated with flowers and balloons for the occasion, and food and drink was served.
Mr Kennedy was presented with gifts, including a pair of silver and gold cufflinks bearing the council’s crest and a framed photo of his 100 Faces of Henley portrait from 2012.
He said: “I’ve been asked how I feel. To borrow a word from [Councillor] Stefan Gawrysiak, I feel brilliant. I’m really looking forward to retirement, apart from Monday.
“It has been seven wondrous years and I’ve been privileged to work in this wonderful town. None of this would have possible without my staff, who have supported me in everything I’ve done here with dedication and professionalism. The councillors are dedicated and passionate about Henley and it has been great to be part of that.”
Councillors Ian Reissmann and David Nimmo Smith made speeches thanking Mr Kennedy for his service.