COUNCILLOR Shaun Marsburg has been named as Bridlington’s new mayor, after the first meeting of the new Town Council.
Coun Marsburg, 44, who was deputy mayor last year, has taken over the role from coun Shelagh Finlay.
“I’m delighted to have been named mayor and I am hoping to carry on all the good work that Shelagh, and previous mayors, have done for the town,” said Coun Marsburg, who was proposed for the role by Coun Liam Dealtry and seconded by Coun David Metcalf.
“I was hoping I would be put forward for mayor after doing a year as deputy, and thankfully it looks like the other councillors thought I did a good enough job to step up, so I am really really happy.”
Shaun, who was born in the town and went to Moorfield and Bridlington schools, has four children, Lauren, 21, Beth, who is 18, and stepsons Josh, 20 and Ben 18. His wife Jackie has been named as the mayoress.
“My dad Cyril was appointed deputy mayor so it puts us in a bit of a unique position, I’ll be able to boss him around for once!” continued Shaun, who along with his father runs the Haven alcoholics rehabilitation centre on Marshall Avenue.
“I want to do as much as I can for the charities in the town, especially those I have nominated as my charities for the year, SSAFA and the Katie Walker Cancer Trust and I’m hoping to do sponsored walks and a parachute jump as mayor.
“I will try my best for the town and I am always available if people need any help.”
Mayor Marsburg is the deputy station officer of the Coastguard Search and Rescue team, and served in the Marines for fifteen years until 1998, spending time in Ireland, Cyprus, Belize, the first Gulf War, Kuwait and peacekeeping in Kosova and Bosnia.
At the meeting on Wednesday evening, Coun Cyril Marsburg was appointed deputy mayor.
He was mayor of Bridlington from 2009 to 2010, and has been deputy mayor twice before.
He said at the meeting: “I would like to say thank you for proposing me as deputy mayor, and I will continue to work as hard for the town as I always have done.
“Since the start of this council 11 years ago, I don’t think that anyone else has been named deputy mayor three times, so this is a real honour.”