Long-serving councillor nominated as West Norfolk's next Mayor
A councillor with nearly 30 years' experience in local government has been nominated to serve as West Norfolk's new Mayor.
Officials have announced this evening that Harry Humphrey will be put forward for the role when councillors meet next week.
Lynn councillor Lesley Bambridge has been nominated for the role of Deputy Mayor.
If elected, the pair will replace the current Mayor, Geoff Hipperson, and deputy Margaret Wilkinson, who have been in office for two years because of the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Hipperson said: “Although I have thoroughly enjoyed all my time in the role, after a year as deputy and an unexpected two very different years as mayor, I am happy to be relinquishing the robes to another councillor on May 20.
"I will be pleased to hand over to the mayor elect, Cllr Harry Humphrey, who I am sure will carry on the tradition of civic duties extremely well.”
Mr Humphrey, who represents the Emneth and Outwell ward, has been a borough councillor for 22 years, having first been elected to Norfolk County Council in 1993.
During his career he served as a cabinet member and deputy leader at County Hall, as well as chairing a number of borough panels.
He has nominated West Norfolk Young Carers and Riding for the Disabled as the charities he will support during his term.
Mrs Bambridge, who represents the St Margaret and St Nicholas ward, has been a borough councillor for 12 years and was recently elected to the county council for the first time.
A long-serving school governor, she was the first woman president of Lynn's Trinity Rotary Club and has supported causes including the Winter Night Shelter and West Norfolk Carers.
The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor are expected to take up their positions at the borough council's annual meeting in Lynn Town Hall next Thursday, May 20.