Oswestry Town Council said a fond farewell to Finance Officer Roger Dyke who retired this week after 35 years of service.

Colleagues, Councillors and Mayors, past and present, joined Roger for a retirement presentation to celebrate his career with the Council and thank him for his dedication and professionalism in the role.

Roger has been key to Oswestry Town Council’s success over many years and joined the Council over 35 years ago from Oswestry’s former Midland Bank. He has been a fundamental part of the Council contributing significantly to several national awards including the ‘National Association of Local Councils Council of the Year.’ Roger also played a vital role in many financial changes including the transfer from manual to computerised accounting systems; the introduction of the government ‘Best Value’ regime; the administration and financial management of the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and securing substantial National Lottery and other external funds.

Oswestry Town Clerk, Arren Roberts, presented Roger with his gifts and former Town Clerk, David Preston also said a few words. “Roger has provided professional support and advice of the highest standard throughout the many years of his association with the Town Council and NABMA. Both are indebted to him. He has repeatedly proven to be the model professional local Government officer and leaves a legacy of sound financial management that has been admired throughout the local council and market industries.”

Oswestry Town Mayor, Councillor Olly Rose also added “Roger will be missed by us all and we thank him for his hard work and commitment during his long service. We wish you all the best for a happy and healthy retirement.”