Congleton Town Hall staff and councillors are mourning the loss of Melvin Hulme, a popular member of staff who had worked at the Town Hall for more than 20 years, who died on Wednesday 16th January.
Flags at the Town Hall were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for ‘Marvellous Melv’ who despite reaching retirement age a couple of years ago, enjoyed his work at the Town Hall and chose to continue working on reduced hours.
Melvin began working in the Town Hall in 1996, helping his wife Anne who was struggling to keep the busy building clean. At the time the building was run by the Congleton Town Hall Trust, which was formed to renovate and manage the Town Hall. In 1997 Congleton Borough Council took over the reins of the Town Hall and employed Melvin as a Civic Halls Assistant. In 2008, Melvin was transferred to the employment of Congleton Town Council when it took on the ownership of the Town Hall.
Chief Officer, David McGifford said: “We were all shocked and saddened to hear of Melvin’s death and clearly all our thoughts are with his family and friends. Melv was a really popular member of staff and was always cheerful and friendly. Over the years he has helped hundreds, if not thousands of people with their events in the Town Hall and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”