RESIDENTS who want to pay tribute to former Lord Mayor of Coventry and ex-city council leader John Mutton who passed away last Sunday can sign remembrance books at two venues in the city.
The books will be available at Coventry Council House and Willenhall Library for members of the public to sign and leave messages and their own personal tributes.
Coun Mutton had been a councillor for 38 years and was proud to represent both the people in his Binley and Willenhall ward and Coventrians in general.
He was Lord Mayor in 1997/98, Deputy Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2003, Leader from 2003 to 2004, Leader of the opposition from 2004 to 2010 and then Leader of the Council from 2010 to 2013.
The ‘Coventry kid’ was immensely proud of the city he was born and grew up in, he attended Manor Park Infants and Junior and Whitley Abbey Comprehensive schools.
For many years Coun Mutton has taken a group of young athletes and swimmers to the International Children’s Games – in 2005 it was held in Coventry, the first time the Games had been held in England. In the past Coventry has been the only English city represented and Coun Mutton was looking forward to Coventry once again hosting the International Children’s Games in August this year.
He leaves behind his wife and fellow councillor Mal, two sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The flag outside the Council was flown at half-mast this week in his memory, and there was also a silent tribute at yesterday’s AGM of the Council at the Cathedral.
Now two books of remembrance have been made available – at the reception area in the Council House and at Willenhall Library – for members of the public to sign and leave messages and their own personal tributes.
The books will be passed on to Cllr Mutton’s family.