Becoming mayor of Bridlington is ‘the pinnacle of one’s life’ said Cllr Colin Croft after he was given the chains of office last week.
He was elected by his colleagues last week and received the mayoral regalia from his predecessor Cllr Cyril Marsburg.
Serving alongside Cllr Croft will be his wife Bridie, a fellow town councillor, who will be the mayoress, and he has appointed Cllr Shelagh Finlay as his consort. Cllr Mike Heslop-Mullins has been elected as deputy mayor for 2018/19.
The new mayor said: “My brother Olly used to bring the darts to Bridlington and we had other relatives here so we used to come and see them.
“We had a good look round and liked it so much we thought we would move here and we wish we had done it earlier.”
The couple moved here just over seven years ago from Welwyn Garden City.
Born in Edgware in Middlesex, Cllr Croft has lived all around the country and spent many years working in the building trade.
A keen photographer and gardener, he paid tribute to his predecessor.
“Cyril is a great guy and has done a magnificent job. I am looking forward to going round all the events in Bridlington and I am very proud to be the mayor.”
Cllr Marsburg’s year in office has seen him raise £3,854.01 for the Alzheimers Society, which was collected in part after he completed a sponsored skydive with the town council’s civic officer Abbi Grosse.
○ Meanwhile, Bridlington councillor Margaret Chadwick has been elected as the new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
She has represented Bridlington South ward for 15 years and has already had a taste of what her year as chairman will entail as she was the chairman’s lady when her husband Chad was chairman of the authority in 2012/13.
They are the first husband and wife to have held the position of chairman.
Cllr Chadwick said: “I’m looking forward to the year ahead and my aim is to visit as many areas of the East Riding as possible and to meet as many people, communities and organisations as I can.
“I’m not just the chairman of the East Riding but an ambassador to promote the fantastic area we live in.”
Her chosen charity for her year in office will be the Bridlington branch of Marie Curie.