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Tributes paid to one of Enfield’s founding fathers

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16 October 2017

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Tributes have been paid to one of the founding fathers of Enfield Council - John Boast, who was one of the first politicians to represent the borough

• Former Conservative councillor John Boast dies
• Mr Boast was one of the first politicians to represent Enfield Council on its creation in the 1960s representing Bush Hill South Ward
• Also represented Turkey Street ward from 2002 until his retirement

Tributes have been paid to one of the founding fathers of Enfield Council - John Boast, who was one of the first politicians to represent the borough

Mr Boast, who was in his 80s, was one of the first 60 councillors elected to Enfield Council in 1964 after the creation of the London boroughs and represented its residents on and off until his retirement ahead of the 2010 Local Government Elections.

His initial responsibilities included helping to recruit the senior officers of the new local authority and sitting on the Children’s and Welfare committees. Mr Boast in a later memoir said his most meaningful contribution to the Children’s Committee was successfully reuniting distressed siblings who had been placed in separate children’s homes in the borough after they had been taken into care.

He later sat on the education committee and in 1966 floated the idea of holding a staff vs councillors football match to raise money for the widows of the three police officers who were murdered in the notorious Wormwood Scrubs shootings the same year.

However because only two Labour and two Conservative councillors (including Mr Boast) were considered young enough to complete a full 90 minutes of football, Enfield Town Football Club – who also donated their ground for the match – volunteered seven amateur internationals for the match.

Unsurprisingly the councillor team – which also featured former Portsmouth footballer and conservative group leader, Alan Young, ran out 7 – 1 winners in a fiercely contested match played in front of a crowd of several hundred people.

Mr Boast was made a Freeman of the Borough in 2012 in recognition of his long and valuable service to the community.

The Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Joanne Laban, said: “John Boast was one of the founding fathers of Enfield Council and dedicated almost 50 years of his life to public service and improving the life of our borough’s most vulnerable residents.

“On behalf of the Conservative Group I would like to send my deepest sympathy and condolences to John’s family and friends. He truly was a great politician who did an immeasurable amount of good in the fields of housing and education and we also owe him a huge debt of gratitude for the way he helped nuture and support younger politicians as they joined the council.

Enfield Council Leader Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “John Boast was one of the rare breed of councillors that was in at the birth of Enfield Council and helped shaped the way the borough evolved and developed over many years.

“He was an erudite and conscientious politician who took his duties very  seriously, committing much time and energy to public service. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends; his presence will missed.”