A NEW mayor has been elected to lead Gainsborough Town Council.
Coun Harry Clarke, who was recently re-elected to represent the south-east ward of Gainsborough, was chosen as new mayor at a full meeting of the town council last night (Tuesday 17th May).
Coun Clarke won with a majority of nine against Coun Vaughn Hughes who received only seven votes.
There was a strong public presence as former-mayor Tim Davies handed over his chains before presenting a cheque to his chosen charity of the Performings Arts Club of St John’s.
“I would like to thank you all for the support that I have received,” said Coun Clarke at the meeting.
“The one thing that is pleasing to see is so many members of the public here. We are here to start the year off as a team, and the sooner we get to working as a full team together, the better.”
He continued: “We’ve got a lot of thinking to do for the next year and lots to get through, so it’s that we get through it in the correct manner.”
“We should also thank all officers for their hard work in the last year.”
Coun Trevor Young called for a focus on correct governing in the next year and asked that the council move on from previous squabbles and difficulties.
“This council has to put the past behind us and we have to move on,” said Coun Young.
He added: “We need to start working together for the good of the community.”
Coun Mel Starkey said: “I would like to thank Tim Davies for all of the work that he has done for the town.”
Coun David Manning was elected as deputy mayor, defeating Coun Vaughn Hughes with nine votes to seven.
For a full report on the meeting and a profile of the new mayor of Gainsborough, pick up NEXT week’s Gainsborough Standard (available Thursday 26th May).