Registrar who has served March and Wisbech for 13 years to retire with many fond memories

Les Mills.

Les Mills. - Credit: Archant

A diligent registrar who has served the community for 13 years is about to call it a day.

Les Mills has served as the local registrar of births, deaths and marriages at March and Wisbech since 2001 but will retire at the end of the month.

Previously, he was as a Detective Inspector with Cambs Police. The widower and father of two will also be familiar to many as chairman of March Town Cricket Club.

Mr Mills said: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to have served the local community as the registrar.

“My predecessor Shirley Culledge served for over 17 years and I have nearly completed 14 years service so it’s not a position that is available very often.

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“It has been very interesting to meet so many people from all walks of life, during normally momentous occasions, such as their wedding day or registering the birth of their children.

“Hopefully I have also been able to help several families through the difficult time of registering the death of a loved one.”

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One particular wedding sticks out in Mr Mills’ memory.

He said: “One funny story from my career was at a wedding in the Wordsworth Room, March when the couple after the ceremony walked down the aisle to the sounds of the AC/DC single Highway to Hell.

“Normally the guests clap but on this occasion they were all in hysterics.”

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