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New Clenchwarton parish councillor, Ray Thornalley of King's Lynn Thornalley Funeral Services, 'wants to work with everyone'

Ray Thornalley has been elected to Clenchwarton Parish Council after winning Thursday's by-election, and says he wants "to work with everyone".

He received 379 votes, while opponent Tamara Koryniaka Beeken received 149. Turnout was 29 per cent.

Mr Thornalley – who has lived in Clenchwarton all of his life – is company director at Thornalley Funeral Services in Lynn.

Clenchwarton village sign.
Clenchwarton village sign.

The question of rebuilding the village hall has caused controversy, and Mr Thornalley stated of the issue: "It will be open to the parish, if they want it or not. It will be a decision for the parish.

"There will be a referendum going into the village, hopefully within the next few months.

"I was born in the village and have lived there all my life. I'm of retiring age and I feel privileged that the people have elected me, and will do my best.

"I will listen if anyone wants to talk. I want to work with everyone."

The first-time parish councillor praised his opponent, adding: "I've got great respect for the other candidate.

"She has got some wonderful ideas, and it would be nice in the future if we could work together."

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