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.
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."