Swindon mayor battles lung cancer
The popular 72-year-old First Citizen has been recognised as Swindon’s last railway mayor, having spent eight years at the British Rail workshops.
Now, after being rushed to hospital last month, Rex – whose year-long term as mayor comes to an end next week – has been told he has epithelioid Mesothelioma.
Rex started work as an apprentice in the workshops in 1953 and was there until 1961, working in the carriage repair shop and on diesel multiple units, where asbestos was sprayed as insulation.
Workers did not wear masks.