Former town mayor retires from council duties

Ken and Deborah Milner
Ken and Deborah Milner

A former Mayor of Skegness will not be nervously waiting for his election result this week after standing down as a councillor.

Ken Milner is retiring from public life after completing 16 years on Skegness Town Council and 12 years on East Lindsey District Council.

Mr Milner was also elected for a four year term on LIncolnshire County Council, serving on all three councils simultaneously.

Former hotelier Mr Milner, 64, changed colours politically winning election under the banner of three different parties during his time as a councillor.

Starting with the Liberal Democrats, he joined Labour before defecting to the Conservatives.

He said: “I have put quite a lot of my life into Skegness. I was mayor in 2007-8 which was fantastic. One of the highlights was getting an invitation to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party where I stood a couple of feet away from The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

“I remember someone suggested I stand as a councillor and saying that I didn’t know if I was clever enough. I was told that didn’t matter and now see that was true.”

Mr Milner was vice-chairman of Licensing Committee at East Lindsey District Council and helped organise the Skegness Millennium celebrations.

Wife Deborah is also stepping down after four years as a Skegness Town Councillor and the couple are looking forward to spending more time with their grandchildren and taking caravan holidays.