Hunstanton mayor hails town team as he hands over office
The outgoing Mayor of Hunstanton paid tribute to the dedication of the town council’s staff as he completed his term of office.
Adrian Winnington stepped down from the role during a meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday.
He reflected that his second term in the role had offered fewer opportunities to get out and about than the first and thanked his wife, Catherine, for her support.
He also hailed the contribution made by fellow councillors and staff to the town.
He said: “It is perhaps not until you have been Mayor and chairman of the council that you realise the full importance of the town clerk and the range of responsibilities which she has.
“I have been extremely fortunate to have Jan [Roomes] alongside me during my mayoral year, offering me support and encouragement, and also managing the business of the council so efficiently.
“Jan, together with Steve, our property officer, and Louise, our administration officer, make a great staff team and I want to thank them once again for all they have done during the last twelve months.
“I also want to thank my fellow town councillors for their support and work for the town during the last year.
“We have an excellent council team, working together in their efforts to make Hunstanton an even better place for all its residents.
Mr Winnington’s deputy, Maureen Howard, was elected to succeed him as Mayor, with Mike Ruston installed as her deputy.
Mrs Howard thanked her fellow councillors for electing her as mayor and chair for the coming year, a position she felt proud and honoured to accept.
She paid tribute to Mr Winnington for an exceptional year, in which he had been an excellent ambassador for both the town and the council.
In accepting her new role at a busy and exciting time, she added: “I am looking forward to working alongside the deputy mayor, all my fellow councillors, and our three excellent and proficient members of staff, in this coming year as we continue to do our best for the town and people of Hunstanton.”