Westerham’s former fire chief dies at 70

The former sub officer of Westerham fire station, Mike Wortley, has died at the age of 70.

Born on Brasted Chart, Mike joined the fire service at Westerham in 1979 and was later promoted to sub officer in charge of the town’s station and crew.

He was presented with a long service and good conduct medal in 2002, minutes after attending a fatal crash in Westerham’s Croydon Road.

Mike, who moved into Westerham’s Brewery Cottages with his wife Julie – they married in the town’s church in 1972- in the early 70s, was a qualified technical illustrator and also worked at the former Black Eagle Brewery as a drayman.

He also set up and owned Central Print and Design in Westerham High Street which opened in 1990 and closed in 2002. He then worked as a freelance painter and decorator under the name Outridge Services named after his birthplace, Outridge Farm on Brasted Chart.

Mike is survived by his wife, daughter Clarissa and granddaughter Teagan.

A funeral service will be held at St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Westerham, on Thursday, September 27 at 1pm.

Photos show Mike outside his shop in Westerham and helping to fight a fire during his career with Kent Fire Service.

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