A long-serving Trowbridge town councillor has recently announced that he will be retiring from local politics.

Bob Brice, lately a councillor for the town’s Grove Ward, has served the town and county in various capacities for the last 30 years, has decided that he will not stand for re-election in the upcoming local elections to be held in May.

Born and bred in Trowbridge, Bob was first elected as a town councillor to what was then the town’s John of Gaunt Ward. On the same date in 1991, he was also elected to serve on West Wiltshire District Council.

In 1995, on the formation of Trowbridge Town Council, Bob was elected as the first mayor of the town. Later, in 2007, he became Leader of Trowbridge Town council, a position he held for 10 years.

A keen sportsman himself, Bob supported the council’s leisure services Active Trowbridge from its beginnings. He also became actively involved with Trowbridge’s twinned towns in Germany, Poland and Morocco, making frequent visits to each over the years.

Bob’s sense of community involvement was also close to home: he was one of a number who voluntarily set up a Luncheon Club at the town’s Studley Green Community Centre, and established the Wiltshire Credit Union in the town.

A Town Council spokesperson said “It has been a pleasure to have worked with Bob, and we would like to thank him for his 30 magnificent years of service to the town and its residents.”