The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor 2014-2015
Councillor Percy Prowse
The Lord Mayor's Biography
Councillor 'Percy' Prowse was born in 1953 in the rural village of Stokeinteignhead near Newton Abbot. At the age of ten his family moved to the Metropolis of Newton Abbot. He failed his 11 plus but nevertheless was educated at the Highweek College of knowledge and in his final year obtained 8 GSEs, 5 at Grade 1, the highest achiever of the school. He spent the next 12 months at the South Devon Technical College to take his O Levels as he was two inches too short to join the Police.
In that year he topped the height and joined the Police as a Cadet in February 1970 and a regular Officer in 1973. He spent his entire career on the beat finishing up in the City of Exeter in 1980 having served in Newquay, Plymouth & St Ives where he met his wife Elaine when attending a broken window at the hairdressers where she worked. They married in 1981 and have three children and three grandchildren. Councillor Prowse retired from the Police in 2003. During his policing career he was awarded with three Commendations one of which was for arresting two armed men who raided the KFC food outlet in Cowick Street, Exeter. He was the Force's longest serving Police Federation Representative (Union) at 21 years. Councillor Prowse's last 12 years made him infamous as the local Officer for St Davids when he cycled his patch wearing an old fashioned police cape. Elaine is the manager of a very busy local Hospiscare charity shop where Councillor Prowse is a volunteer.
In the local elections in 2007 he was elected to be a Councillor in the Duryard ward winning with a one vote majority. In June 2009 he became the County Councillor for both Duryard & Pennsylvania. He is a member of many committees and the Treasurer of the Local Retired Police Officers Branch.
Percy's family enjoy holidays, and in particular lounging about on cruise ships. His favourite foods are Ham, Egg & Chips and juicy Mangos by the box full.