Constable gives Tutti Day thanks

on 02 May 2014.

Susan Hofgartner, this year’s Hungerford Town and Manor Constable, not only presided over the annual, traditional Hocktide Court during the 2014 Tutti Day, she also made a speech recognising the many Hungerford people who do so much, not only in keeping the historic Tutti Day alive but for the town throughout the years too.



As Hungerford is such an active town – featuring events from Tutti Day to the Extravaganza throughout the year, it is quite a long list of people who work so hard for the town.

Susan’s Constable recognition went to Rod Desmules who many of us have seen, ladder to hand, creating the great lights and flags displays which mark every important day in the town and which enable our wonderful Christmas lights.

Lt. Col Stefan Crossfield, commanding officer of 6th Close Support Battalion (REME) was recognised for his key role in building the relationship between Hungerford and his Battlaion’s adoption of the town as their home town.

Muriel and Tony Bartlett. From Hungerford Camera Club were thanked for their work in providing photographic records of the town and helping publicise its activities in local media.

Of course, Ron Tarry, president of Hungerford Town FC and who recently received Freedom of the Town was congratulated as was Robert James who also received the town’s Freedom for his years of work for the Town and Manor.

Another new Freeman, Hugh Pihlens (pictured left), was especially mentioned for his amazing work on Hungerford’s Virtual Museum and superb historic talks.

Susan thanked current mayor Marin ‘Terrier’ Crane OBE for his hard work during his three year term as mayor.

Tutti Day is historically an official and financial day for Town and Manor event and Susan mentioned the invaluable work put in to Town and Manor Dennis Cryer and Town and Manor’s current accountant Alan Gibson.

Special thanks went to Paul Burroughs for his 15 years of service to Town and Manor and Humphrey Hope – 59 years a Commoner and a great, indefatigable supporter.

Also included in Susan’s speech of thanks were head master of Hungerford Primary School Gerry Heaton and winners of the fiendishly difficult Treasure Quest, Alex Selby and Ingrid Jendrzejewski.

So who is Susan’s hero? It is, of course, her husband Stewart of Hungerford’s Below Stairs Antiques. She first met him during her stint as chair of the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce and who she publically and emotionally thanked him for his support, “he makes everything I do possible,” she said.


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