The Elected Mayor of Watford, Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE, represented the town at the funeral of Watford FC legend Graham Taylor today (Wednesday 1 February).
Graham was made a Freeman of the Borough in 2001 after two stints as manager of Watford FC and a spell as manager of the England football team. His funeral took place at St Mary's Church in the town centre, attracting thousands of people.
He joined Mayor Thornhill to open the refurbished Meriden Community Centre in November 2016 (pictured) after a £2m investment. The money came from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, Watford FC, Sport England, Watford Community Housing Trust, the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Watford Borough Council.
Mayor Thornhill said: “Graham's ethos that Watford FC players are part of our community continues to this day. If you could describe Graham in a word it would be ‘decent’.
“He embodied everything good about football, and he believed that Watford Football Club wasn’t just another business – it was part of what made our town what it is.
“Graham believed that the club had a huge role to play in the town – and his players had a duty to involve themselves in the community. Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust were one of the first to be set up in the country, now dozens of clubs have them.”
The council has published a list of road closures in place tomorrow for the funeral.