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Memorial held for Guildford legend Bill Bellerby

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Memorial held for Guildford legend Bill Bellerby

Published at 6:00am 30th October 2017. (Updated at 6:55pm 30th October 2017)

Guildford said goodbye to one of the town's true legends on Monday (October 30). 

A memorial service was held to commemorate the life of Mr Billy Bellerby MBE, who passed away in September at the age of 100.

He, along with his late wife Doreen, were active in local politics for more than 40 years.

Bill was first elected to Guildford Borough Council in 1953 and also served as a Surrey County Councillor from 1965 to 1967 and again from 1981 to 1989.

As well as this, he also served two terms as mayor.

He is also held in such high regard for his work with young and disabled people in the town, among many others.

Following his passing Council leader, Cllr Paul Spooner said: “Bill Bellerby did so much for the people of our borough.

"Known as ‘Mr Guildford’ he was a true community politician, and dedicated his support to local campaigns for Guildford arts groups and worked tirelessly for young people and the disabled.

"Well-respected and much loved, he will be remembered for his fantastic contribution to the borough. Rest in peace Bill, you will never be forgotten."

Bill Bellerby


Today's service was held at Holy Trinity Church at 2:30pm and all are welcome to attend.

You can leave online messages of condolence on the Guildford Borough Council website.

A book of condolence was also be available at today's service for guests to sign.

Bill's late wife, Doreen, had her memorial in the same church in April 2015.


Doreen passed away in Bill's arms in March 2015.

She also served as Guildford Mayor and was a strong women's rights activist. 

The pair were awarded MBEs together, were both honorary graduates of the University of Surrey and were made honorary Freemen of Guildford.

Their legacy will always be remembered in Guildford for their extraordinary contribution to the town.

Doreen Bellerby

Doreen Bellerby


Bill and Doreen Bellerby


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