Borough welcomes new Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cllr Martin Smith was today formally elected as Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough for the 2017 to 2018 mayoral year at the annual Full Council meeting of Scarborough Borough Council. He took over from Cllr Simon Green who has been the Mayor for the last twelve months.

At the same meeting, Cllr Guy Coulson was elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough.

The Mayor was born into a farming family in Ryedale but has lived in the Borough of Scarborough for 31 years. He is married to Cherry, who will be Mayoress for the year and the couple has a daughter and a married son.

The Mayor has spent most of his working life in sales and marketing within the motor industry, both in the retail and wholesale sectors. Together with Cherry he ran a hotel in Scarborough’s North Bay for 12 years, during which time he was President of Scarborough Hospitality Association for four years and a Yorkshire representative on the English Tourist Board. He was a founder member of Scarborough in Bloom and has been a regional judge for Yorkshire in Bloom. He is a past member of the Board of the Citizens Advice Bureau and Stephen Joseph Theatre. He has also served as a governor of Scalby School. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Wheelhouse Square Trust, which provides sheltered accommodation for Scarborough residents in their later years.

The Mayor served on North Yorkshire County Council for four years and was a member of North Yorkshire Fire Authority. For a number of years he was a Special Constable with North Yorkshire Police and has attended many community and police meetings in his role as councillor. He is on his third term with Scarborough Borough Council, having served on the planning and licensing committees.

The Mayoress was a dance teacher in Ryedale, teaching ballet and tap dancing to young people. She was a member of Ryedale Ladies Circle and worked for fifteen years at the Midland Bank, now HSBC. Cherry was a governor of Woodlands School for a short while and is now a trustee at Wheelhouse Square Trust with the Mayor.

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Martin Smith said:

"I am delighted to have been elected to serve the borough as Mayor. It is a tremendous honour, which the Mayoress and I will work very hard to uphold. We have chosen ‘Inspiring Youth – Our Future’ as our theme for the year. A tremendous amount of good work for and by young people goes on within the borough, but is not always recognised, so our ambition is to work with the many youth organisations to help raise their profile."

The Deputy Mayor was born in Whitby and has lived most of his life in Sleights. He is a single parent to his son, Samuel. His partner, Sharon Dickinson, who will be Deputy Mayoress for the year, has two children, Luke and Faye. She has lived and worked in the Whitby area for most of her life.

The Deputy Mayor worked for Sneaton Castle as gardener/groundsman and studied Horticulture at Askham Bryan College. Since 1992 he has been self-employed working as an Arborist and landscape gardener in the Esk Valley area. He runs a gardening club for pupils at Sleights Primary School, the same school he attended as a child.

He served with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers (Green Howard's), spending time in Germany and the USA where he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service during Exercise Mulberry Tree/ Prickly Pear at Fort AP Hill from the Adjutant General for the State of Maryland in August 1988.

The Deputy Mayor has served on Scarborough Borough Council for the Esk Valley since 2012, been a member of North York Moors National Park Authority since 2015 and also serves as a parish councillor for Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby Parish Council. When time allows he enjoys western riding and travelling, or just being in and around the Esk Valley area.

Cllr Guy Coulson, Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said:

"We are very much looking forward to serving our borough as Deputy Mayor and Mayoress for the next 12 months and supporting the Mayor and Mayoress with their busy schedule and very worthwhile mayoral theme. Through our duties, we hope to meet some of the many people that help make our communities great."

Picture of Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough for 2017 to 2018