Bridlington has a new mayor

New Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth with his granddaughter, Samantha Scarlett, who was made mayoress.
New Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth with his granddaughter, Samantha Scarlett, who was made mayoress.

BRIDLINGTON has a new mayor and deputy after Coun Michael Charlesworth and Coun Terry Dixon were confirmed in the roles last week.

At Bridlington Town Council’s meeting last Wednesday, May 16, Coun Charlesworth - deputy last year to Coun Cyril Marsburg - and Coun Dixon were nominated and voted in by other members of the council.

Coun Charlesworth, who represents the north ward on the council, said: “I am privileged and honoured to be named mayor and I am looking forward to the year ahead.

“It is quite an important year for Bridlington with many unique events such as the Jubilee and the Olympic Torch coming to the town.”

Coun Charlesworth has named the Bridlington branch of the Salvation Army as the mayor’s charity of the year, and his granddaughter Samantha Scarlett was confirmed as mayoress.

Coun Dixon, who also represents the north ward, said: “I was over the moon when I was named deputy, I feel privileged because I am Bridlington born and bred, as is my wife.

“It means a lot to me and my family, and I hope to go on to become mayor next year - which will be the 50th anniversary of when my cousin, Harry Dixon, was mayor of Bridlington.

“I am looking forward to what the year as deputy will bring and hopefully I will be as helpful as I can to Councillor Charlesworth.”

Outgoing mayor, Coun Cyril Marsburg, took over the role from his son Shaun last year when he had to step down from the council due to work commitments.

He said: “My time as mayor was a wonderful experience, I enjoyed every minute of it and met some marvelous people along the way.

“I would like to thank all those who has invited me to their events, especially local schools, everyone has been very welcoming.

“I am always ready to assist Councillor Charlesworth if he needs it, and one piece of advice I would give is when you are invited to an event, or to make a speech, make sure you do some preparation beforehand.”

Coun Marsburg, who enjoyed his second stint as mayor, presented the town council with a clock after his time as mayor - and received a print of the harbour by local artist Trish Watson as a parting gift.