New mayor vows to do her best for Downham Market

Mayor Making at Downham Market Town Council Office
New Downham Market Town Mayor Marion Ross with Deputy Mayor Frank Daymond ANL-161105-080235009
Mayor Making at Downham Market Town Council Office New Downham Market Town Mayor Marion Ross with Deputy Mayor Frank Daymond ANL-161105-080235009
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The new mayor of Downham vowed to do all she can to enhance the town as she took up the civic office.

Marion Ross was elected to succeed John Fox at the town council’s annual meeting last night.

Frank Daymond, who nominated her for the role, was elected to continue as deputy mayor for a second year.

After receiving the chain of office, Mrs Ross identified work on the town’s neighbourhood plan and improving youth engagement among her priorities for her year in office.

She said: “I feel very honoured and privileged to be able to represent this town that has been my town for a long time.

“I will do my utmost to advance Downham, especially in the view of the borough.”

In his outgoing address, Mr Fox admitted the council had not achieved all the aspirations he had set out when he became mayor for the second time last May.

But he maintained the authority had moved forward to address issues including the management of the town’s car parks, though further talks are still needed.

He listed the presentation of a special salver to officials from RAF Marham to mark the base’s centenary and lighting the town’s beacon for the Queen’s 90th birthday among the highlights of his year in the office.

And he thanked fellow councillors and staff for their support over the past 12 months.

In response, Kathy Mellish said Mr Fox had been a “great ambassador” for the town as mayor.

Mr Fox also made a special presentation to Tony Stacey in recognition of his 30 years of service as a councillor.

He said: “It has been my great privilege to work alongside Tony on many committees and working parties.”