Councillor Copsey handed civil chains

Cllr Shelagh Finlay hands over the civic chains to new mayor Cllr John Copsey
Cllr Shelagh Finlay hands over the civic chains to new mayor Cllr John Copsey

Councillor John Copsey has been elected as the new mayor of Bridlington, taking over after Shelagh Finlay’s second year in the position.

The announcement was made at a meeting of the full council, which saw councillor John Copsey elected for the forthcoming year.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started”, said Mike. “Shelagh will be a hard act to follow and she has had a tremendous year.

“Words cannot express my delight at becoming the Mayor of Bridlington, it is indeed both an honour and humbling to be chosen by my fellow councillors, I thank them and the people for their support.

“I was born and raised in our town and I will do my utmost to promote the very best of Bridlington. This year isn’t about me it’s about Bridlington.”

Shelagh, who was also mayor in 2010/2011, said: “Although I’m sad to be hanging in my chains, I’m sure John will do a fabulous job alongside his two deputy mayoresses.

“I did over 120 events, but it was the charity events which stuck in my mind. We raised over £3,000 for Bridlington’s branch of the RSPCA.

“I was particularly moved by the World War Once commemorations.”

Mr Copsey added: “I’m also delighted to announce my Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress for 2015 - 2016 will be Councillor Liam and his wife Michelle Dealtry, Liam too is looking forward to the coming year and I’m delighted to have him at my side.

“Yorkshire Air Ambulance is my chosen charity, an independent charity relying solely on donations to keep their state of the art life saving service operational.

“Many events are planned to boost the charity in the coming year.

“These will including a sponsored cycle ride to Whitby and back, coffee mornings, and doubtless a dip in the North Sea. If you wish to help or if I can help your cause please contact me.