Colchester's new Mayor makes pledge to support volunteers

Colchester's new Mayor makes pledge to support volunteers

Colchester's new Mayor makes pledge to support volunteers

First published in News

COLCHESTER’S new mayor had to suffer a nervous wait before finally being sworn in.

John Elliott, a Tiptree borough councillor since 1995, spent the last year as deputy mayor in expectation of taking over the mayoral robes and badge from Colin Sykes.

Mr Elliott had a scare at last month’s local elections when a strong Ukip challenge nearly toppled him – but fell 85 votes short.

Tory Mr Elliott was sworn in during a ceremony at the Moot Hall yesterday.

He said: “When I saw them sorting the votes, I realised it was going to be very close, but in the end it came out right. It would have been disappointing for me, and for a lot of people who had been working to get ready for this year.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to it.’’

Mr Elliott was joined by Janet, his wife of 48 years and his mayoress, children Karen, Denise and Kevin and three of six grandchildren.

Mr Elliott’s charities for the year are the Friends of Tiptree Heath, soldiers’ charity the ABF, Grassroots, Essex Air Ambulance, Action for Family Carers and Marie Curie, which supported his son-in-law before he died two years ago.

He will also support the borough’s volunteers. He said: “If anybody is volunteering, if I can help promote what they’re doing I will.’’

Theresa Higgins, a Lib Dem councillor serving New Town, was nominated deputy mayor, with husband and fellow councillor Peter her escort.

A vote of thanks was passed to outgoing mayor Mr Sykes and mayoress Laura Sykes.

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12:35pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Is this role really necessary? Apart from a few charities gaining donations what other benefits are there and how much does this pomp and circumstance really cost us?
Enter Reginald, centre right, to defend this outdated ceremonial role!
Is this role really necessary? Apart from a few charities gaining donations what other benefits are there and how much does this pomp and circumstance really cost us? Enter Reginald, centre right, to defend this outdated ceremonial role! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: -5

10:38pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Boris says...

The town has to have a figurehead of some sort. The cost is neither here nor there.
I met the new mayor and his wife this evening, wearing their chains of office, and they seem decent enough people.
Well done Mr and Mrs Elliott, enjoy your year in office.
The town has to have a figurehead of some sort. The cost is neither here nor there. I met the new mayor and his wife this evening, wearing their chains of office, and they seem decent enough people. Well done Mr and Mrs Elliott, enjoy your year in office. Boris
  • Score: 2

11:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sidney Harbour-Bridge says...

http://www.oxforddic
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About time we directly elected the Mayor rather than carrying on this farce
http://www.oxforddic tionaries.com/defini tion/english/Buggins '-turn About time we directly elected the Mayor rather than carrying on this farce Sidney Harbour-Bridge
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11:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sidney Harbour-Bridge says...

http://www.oxforddic
tionaries.com/defini
tion/english/Buggins
'-turn

About time we directly elected the Mayor rather than carrying on this farce
http://www.oxforddic tionaries.com/defini tion/english/Buggins '-turn About time we directly elected the Mayor rather than carrying on this farce Sidney Harbour-Bridge
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12:05am Fri 20 Jun 14

Hamiltonandy says...

The mayor making ceremony is well worth going to. Speeches can be interesting and all in the magnificent town hall. The Mayor represents Colchester to the outside world and it is essential that person has the backing of the councillors.
The mayor making ceremony is well worth going to. Speeches can be interesting and all in the magnificent town hall. The Mayor represents Colchester to the outside world and it is essential that person has the backing of the councillors. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -1

11:35am Mon 23 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Having joined the Mayor and Mayoress on the annual perambulation of the town's walls on Sunday, I can confirm that they are lovely people and a credit to Colchester. Enjoy your year in office Mr Mayor and Madam Mayoress. Well done the Colchester Town Watch and members of the public too. A pity that the press weren't interested but they seem to prefer bad rather than happy news.
Having joined the Mayor and Mayoress on the annual perambulation of the town's walls on Sunday, I can confirm that they are lovely people and a credit to Colchester. Enjoy your year in office Mr Mayor and Madam Mayoress. Well done the Colchester Town Watch and members of the public too. A pity that the press weren't interested but they seem to prefer bad rather than happy news. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -1

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