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New mayorality sworn in
The new Mayor and
Deputy Mayor of the borough of Scarborough have been sworn into
their new roles at an official Mayor Making ceremony.
Councillor Helen Mallory became the new Mayor
during the Annual Council meeting held at Scarborough’s Town Hall,
with her daughter, Lucy, 25, becoming the youngest Mayoress the
borough has ever had. The Mayor will also be supported in her
role by Mrs Joanna Oxtoby who will lead the Mayoress’ Community
Fund committee for the year ahead, which helps raise funds for
local individuals and groups.
Councillor Mallory was
previously the borough’s Deputy Mayor and has replaced the outgoing
civic dignitary, Councillor John Blackburn, as Mayor.
Councillor Mallory’s Mayoral
theme for her term in office is ‘working together’ and with the
help of her Mayoress Lucy they are hoping to encourage and support
the people of the borough to work together.
Councillor Helen Mallory said: “I
thoroughly enjoyed being the Deputy Mayor and look forward to an
even more exciting and challenging year in my role as the Mayor. I
hope to be able to visit and support many different groups
throughout the whole of the borough.”
Councillor Mallory was born in Hale,
Cheshire but moved to Scarborough in her teenage years, she is a
keen sportswoman and is very family orientated. She works for the
family business, based in Seamer which specialises in recycling
metals and wood and both her children also work for the
Helen became a borough councilor in 2003
and has also been the Chairman of Seamer Parish Council for three
years. In addition, she has also been a governor at Seamer and
Irton Community School for 19 years and a chairman for the school
for 18 years so plays a very hands on role within the village.
The Deputy Mayor for the
next civic year is Councillor Andrew Backhouse with his wife, the
new Deputy Mayoress.
Councillor Backhouse used to be a milkman
but now runs a family owned caravan park in Burniston. As
well as having four children and running a business, Councillor
Backhouse is also heavily involved in local politics, not only is
he a member of Burniston Parish Council, a borough and county
councillor but he has also held various positions on Scrutiny
Committees and been the Cabinet Member for Environment and
Transport since joining Scarborough Borough Council in 2003.
The Mayor’s role is a very important and historic one, as
within the borough, the Mayor is second in precedence only to
royalty and the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant.
This high standing is one of honour and dignity rather than actual
legal powers and the role is a symbol of authority as the Mayor
acts as an ambassador for the town and represents the borough on a
local, national and international platform.