Deputy is put forward for area mayoral role

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West Norfolk’s mayor-elect Colin Manning, left, and his nominated deputy mayor, David Whitby

The announcement was made ahead of last night’s annual borough council meeting at Lynn’s town hall.

If elected, Mr Manning, who has been a councillor since 2011 and served as deputy mayor for the last year, will succeed St Lawrence ward representative Barry Ayres in the civic role.

Meanwhile Clenchwaron councillor David Whitby has been nominated to replace Mr Manning as deputy mayor.

Mr Manning said: “I am honoured to have been nominated and am looking forward to meeting people from across West Norfolk.

“I shall work hard to promote our wonderful borough.”

Mr Ayres said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as mayor of Lynn and West Norfolk during the last year.

“We have particularly enjoyed the many events we have been invited to which have enabled us to meet so many West Norfolk residents from all backgrounds.

“I wish Colin every success for his year ahead.”

Mr Manning, who is originally from Kent, worked in the police service for many years and first became a parish councillor in 2007.

Mr Whitby, who was born and bred in Clenchwarton and was first elected to the council in 2011, worked as a chef at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for more than 40 years.