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Are you a descendant of 19th century Colchester Mayor?
1:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A CALL has gone out for relatives of a man who was Mayor of Colchester in the 19th century to come forward.
Colchester Council want to track down the descendants of Thomas Moy, a coal merchant who secured and delivered the power to households across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
As Colchester’s Mayor, one of the ceremonial events he presided over was the official unveiling of the Hythe Bridge, near Hythe Railway Station, on April 4, 1878.
After years of neglect, the bridge has been painted and is being converted into a community space using European Union funding as part of the Town To Port project.
Colchester Council have been trying to track down relatives to invite them to the bridge reopening, tentatively pencilled in for next month, but have been unable to track anyone down.
From at least 1861, Thomas Moy was a Colchester based merchant who traded in primarily coal but also coke, cement, bricks, tiles and lime.
He established a wagon works in Peterborough to build and repair railway wagons for his own business and to hire out.
Moy’s Wagon Company, which existed under various ownerships until the mid-1960s, wree used as far north as Yorkshire, from where the company obtained some coal.
As Mayor he made the Oyster Feast, invented by predecessor Henry Walton, a regular event.
He is remembered in a picture at Colchester Town Hall, which hangs outside the Grand Jury Room.
Any descendants can contact the council on 01206 282434.
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