It is with great sadness that the Town Council must report the death of Ken Smith, Chairman of the Shepton Mallet Twinning Association.

Ken served as an officer of the Association for the last 12 years, latterly as Chairman. Mike Kennett, former Chairman of the Association, remembers that Ken, “always conducted himself with dignity and was always keen to be involved in activities in our town. He was especially pleased that he was able to assist St. Paul’s School establish their link with a partner school in our French twin town of Oissel-sur-Seine. It has always been a pleasure for me to have been in Ken’s company for our numerous visits to, and receiving guests from, our twin towns. No more so than this year for our official visit to Oissel and then to Misburg for International Week when his translating skills shone through. He was witty, erudite and it goes without saying that Ken will be sadly missed. We will feel his loss keenly”.

Cllr Losey, fellow Association member and friend will remember Ken as, “drily funny and a genuine humanist. While being identifiably British, he managed to remain firmly European as well. A former language teacher, he could move effortlessly from English through French and German without apparently changing gears, and had a unique style of putting everyone at ease.  He will be really missed. I will really miss him. He was wonderful company, and I am so pleased we were able to fulfil his wish for Shepton councillors to represent the town with him and his partner, June Trask, and Mike Kennett at the Misburg International Week in late June-July. Like me, Ken felt Shepton deserved a seat at such a table, and he was proud of our town. He will be quite irreplaceable”.

The Town Council, its Chairman and staff express our sincere condolences to June and family.