BRIDLINGTON now has a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, after a town council meeting last week.
Coun Cyril Marsburg was named the new Mayor in a unanimous vote at the council’s monthly meeting last Wednesday.
The position had been vacant after Shaun Marsburg stepped down from the role - and Bridlington Town Council - due to work commitments abroad.
Coun Cyril Marsburg had been his son Shaun’s deputy, but stepped in to take over as Mayor with Coun Michael Charlesworth voted in as his new Deputy Mayor ahead of Coun Ray Allerston.
At the meeting, held at the Community Resource Centre on Victoria Road, Coun Marsburg read out his son Shaun’s letter of resignation, which thanked the council and residents of the town for their support while he was councillor and mayor - and expressed regret that he could not continue in his role.
Mayor Coun Marsburg said: “I am delighted to be appointed Mayor once again, but slightly sad that it comes under these circumstances.
“Unfortunately because of the economic position in this country, Shaun has had to go abroad to find work and so he stood down as he felt he could not fulfil his role with the council.
“I look forward to representing the town over the course of my time as mayor, and I will stick with the two designated charities for the year, SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and the Katie Walker Cancer Trust.”
Mayor Coun Marsburg chose his granddaughter Bethany Marsburg as his Mayoress.
Deputy Mayor Coun Charlesworth also named his granddaughter, Samantha Scarlett, as his Deputy Mayoress.
He said: “I am honoured to be named Deputy Mayor and I look forward to the role, as does my granddaughter Samantha.”
At the meeting, Coun Marsburg confirmed that as ten members of the electorate had written to Electoral Services at County Hall in Beverley, an election would now take place to fill the vacancy Shaun Marsburg’s departure left in Bridlington North Ward.
Mayor Coun Marsburg said at the meeting: “We hoped to avoid having an election because of the cost to the taxpayer.
“It was hoped we could deal with the vacancy by co-opting a new member to the council, but now an election has been requested, we have decided not to send out polling cards which would only cost more public money.
“The election itself will cost around £4,500, but would have cost around £7,000 if polling cards were sent out.”
The notice of election was published yesterday, with nominations needed by noon on Thursday, August 4.
The deadline for postal or proxy voting applications will be Tuesday August 16 at 5pm, while polling day is Thursday September 1.