Deserved role for Margaret Wilkinson, councillor for Fairstead, King's Lynn, Lynn News letters
With 36 years unbroken service as a Labour councillor for Fairstead, Lynn, Mrs Wilkinson is now the longest serving member of West Norfolk Council and I offer her my sincere congratulations on her new civic office.
Her consort will be fellow Labour councillor Sandra Collop and I wish them both an enjoyable year of office, deputising for the newly-elected Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Geoff and Rose Hipperson, who have stepped into the top post after serving for a year as deputies to outgoing civic leaders, Nick and Cheryl Daubney.
Unfortunately, because Margaret was away on holiday, she was unable to share in the official recognition of her new role at the traditional mayor-making ceremony at Lynn Town Hall with all its colourful pomp and ceremony.
Margaret’s absence from the proceedings was a great shame because she was proposed for the top role at the mayor-making ceremony seven years ago when the majority Conservative group put forward their own candidate and Geoffrey Wareham, of Downham, was duly elected, by 34 votes to 16, as mayor.
Mrs Wilkinson must have felt very disappointed that she failed to be elected as mayor in such a public forum.
What a record of public service spanning 36 years and hopefully, as she continues serving on the borough council for a further four years following her success in the recent elections, she will reach her Big 40 anniversary on the council.
Not only has Margaret served the borough and her ward residents so well over the decades, she also served for two decades as a magistrate on the Lynn bench. A fine example and unequalled period of public service to her community indeed. Margaret, you deserve warmest congratulations on your achievement and may you and consort, Sandra, enjoy a happy and successful year in office.