West Norfolk Council deputy steps up to borough mayor

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A former high school teacher has been nominated to become West Norfolk’s new mayor.

Barry Ayres, the borough’s current deputy mayor, will be formally proposed as the area’s new civic head at a ceremony in Lynn next month.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to my year as Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

“I shall do my best to serve the people of this borough in a fitting and proper manner.

“I am particularly keen to work with members of the community at all levels and feel honoured and privileged to be nominated for this role.”

Mr Ayres, who represents Tilney St Lawrence and is also chairman of the village’s parish council, was first elected to the borough council in 2003. He has served as chairman of the authority’s standards committee.

He worked for 32 years as a teacher, most recently at the St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement, before taking early retirement in 2006.

He is also a keen motoring enthusiast, running a Jaguar enthusiasts’ club with his wife, Christine, as well as playing in local folk music clubs.

Although further nominations can still be made, Mr Ayres is now set to succeed the outgoing mayor, Elizabeth Watson, whom he has served as deputy for the past year, at the formal mayormaking ceremony, which will take place at the Lynn Town Hall on Thursday, May 8.

Mrs Watson said: “My year as Mayor has really opened my eyes to all that is good in West Norfolk.

“We have a huge amount of talent in the borough and there is an army of volunteers who do so much for the community.

“It all adds up to making this a brilliant area in which to live.”

Mrs Watson added: “I wish Cllr Ayres all the best in his new role and I know he will be a great ambassador for us all.”

Meanwhile, two councillors have so far been nominated to succeed Mr Ayres in the post of deputy mayor.

The candidates are Conservative Colin Manning, who represents the Heacham ward, and Labour’s Gary Howman, the member for Old Gaywood.