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New Downham Market Mayor and Deputy Mayor appointed

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On Tuesday Downham's new mayor and deputy mayor were appointed to the office, after months of having former mayor Robin Pegg as their chair.

Mr Pegg's role came after a shock mass walkout of eight Downham councillors earlier this year, including the mayor Jenny Groom.

Mr Pegg was suspected to be appointed as mayor once again by townsfolk, but councillor Charlie Pyatt was given the role and councillor Doug Lawson was appointed as deputy mayor.

Charlie Pyatt (13254478)
Charlie Pyatt (13254478)

Mr Pyatt is known for his sporting activities in the town and his involvement with football clubs.

Mr Pyatt said at the meeting: "Thank you all for electing me for town mayor, I intend to do my best in the coming year for the town. We have a very busy start to the year with the Jubilee and the return of the Downham festival.

"Tonight we continue going forward, everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, maybe give us your point of view instead of turning to Facebook. I hear complaints there is nothing for younger people to do, we have an events committee, lets come on-board and make it happen."

Councillor Lawson was stood at the top of the steps with the speakers Credit: Lynn News (51484520)
Councillor Lawson was stood at the top of the steps with the speakers Credit: Lynn News (51484520)

Mr Pyatt has lived in Downham all of his married life since 1983, owning his first electrical shop in the town and his chidren going to school in Downham.Mr Pyatt continued running a successful family business until his retirement in 2015.

He was elected to the council in 1987 and during that time he was President of the Chamber of Trade and served as mayor and deputy mayor.

Mr Lawson, the now deputy mayor, has been a councillor for seven years and was in charge of neighbourhood plan, planning and finance.

He moved to Downham in 2014 and joined Council at 2015 elections. He was involved with local councils and local interest groups for many years prior to joining the council.

The official mayor-making will happen later this week, where Mr Pyatt will get his official mayor's photos taken.

The council has also welcomed several new councillors;

There are now 18 councillors with two vacancies after scant numbers earlier this year.

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