Fakenham mayor is sworn in for a second term

PACT Charity shop opens in Fakenham, LtoR, ''Vicki Shaw (Shop Manager), with volunteers, Chris Rockingham, Valerie Harrison, Paul William, they are joined By Fakenham Town Mayor Jeremy Punchard (1st right) who cut the ribon. ANL-140717-125834009
PACT Charity shop opens in Fakenham, LtoR, ''Vicki Shaw (Shop Manager), with volunteers, Chris Rockingham, Valerie Harrison, Paul William, they are joined By Fakenham Town Mayor Jeremy Punchard (1st right) who cut the ribon. ANL-140717-125834009
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Fakenham’s mayor, Jeremy Punchard, will continue for a second successive year in the office after being re-elected at the town council’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

With his deputy David Cubitt declining to take on the mayoral role for personal reasons, Mr Punchard, who became Fakenham’s youngest mayor at the age of 27 in 2011 and is also a North Norfolk district councillor for the town, was given the authority’s support for another 12 months.

His deputy this time is Adrian Vertigan, who was himself the town’s mayor in 2013.

The majority of councillors favoured both appointments with Mike Coates the only dissenting voice.

He said: “It seems to me that it’s all got a bit circular with the same people getting in time after time, I do find that rather sad.”

However, in accepting the mayor’s chain again, Mr Punchard thanked Mr Cubitt for the support he had given over the past year.

The town council also welcomed two new members to its ranks during the meeting, Annie Clausson-Reynolds and Roy Reynolds.

Like Mr Punchard, they were both were re-elected to represent the town on North Norfolk District Council last Thursday.