New Hunstanton mayor thanks predecessor after election
It was a smooth transition from deputy to town mayor for Tony Bishopp following the unexpected resignation of Amanda Bosworth from Hunstanton town council.
At Friday’s meeting, the first to take place after Mrs Bosworth stepped down, there were no other nominations to take over as the town’s civic head.
And Mr Bishopp paid tribute to his predecessor as he took up the office.
He said: “I would like to give my personal thanks to Amanda Bosworth for all the hard work she has put in over the past 16/17 months as mayor and chairman of Hunstanton town council.
“It has been a difficult time in council and we are all sorry for the toll it has taken on Amanda.
“As a team, we will continue with the good work she has started.”
However, when Mr Bishopp proposed Adrian Winnington to be his replacement as deputy, Wendy Croucher was also proposed.
Mr Winnington, a former Mayor, won the contest by a narrow margin.
Subsequently it was his pleasant task to deliver a report on the success achieved by all those involved in this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition.
The town won gold and was judged to have the best overall entry in this year's competition at an awards ceremony earlier this month.
Mr Winnington said: "We can all be very proud of our town, especially all those many individuals and groups who have worked so hard during the year to make this happen, and to whom our thanks and congratulations must be given.
"I hope everyone appreciates the enormity of this achievement, especially when you look at the list of other towns, villages and cities which were also being judged this year."
The town is now awaiting the verdict on its entry in the Britain in Bloom competition. The result is due to be announced at a ceremony in London next month.
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