Downham’s outgoing mayor is looking forward to a well earned holiday after a busy year in office.
David Sharman has enjoyed his two year stint as mayor and deputy – despite breaking his ankle during his time in office.
He handed over the reins to John Doyle during a ceremony in the town hall on Tuesday and said: “I have every confidence in John.”
Mr Sharman added: “It has been a good year. A number of things have been done and big projects have happened.
“It has also been a fun year for my wife and I, and we have been to things would never have been to.
“But it is a busy job and it has been an eye-opener, so now we are going to try to get away on holiday.”
Mr Sharman’s time in office did not get off to the best start after breaking his ankle at the start of his time as deputy mayor. He had been helping to put up market stalls when the accident happened.
Downham has had an eventful year which included a devastating blaze at the town’s fire station.
Mr Sharman said: “The fire fighters here do a wonderful job but if they are going to build a new station they should look to see if we need more fire engines and staff here. Downham is getting bigger and the area is filling up.”