John the main man again

John Freeman and Heather Coughlan ''w121911

John Freeman and Heather Coughlan ''w121911

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COUNCILLOR John Freeman was re-elected as Whitby’s mayor on Tuesday at the town council’s annual meeting.

Coun Freeman’s deputy for the coming year was also chosen, with Coun Heather Coughlan taking the office of deputy town mayor.

Accepting the nomination, Stakesby ward councillor Freeman said: “It has been a tremendous honour to be the mayor of Whitby, representing the town both here and away and I must say, whenever we are away there’s always a comment of how people appreciate the town and the fond memories they have of it.”

He added that he enjoyed his first year as ambassador for the town and felt that the council had made real progress with the many issues that they face, including learning how to co-operate with Whitby Harbour Board.

“We are handling ourselves with dignity and sticking to our guns,” he said.

“That may improve things, but we can only hope.”

He thanked the outgoing deputy mayor Terry Jennison for being his back up and support at various times and thanked the town clerks for their assistance.

Coun Heather Coughlan, who represents the Town South Ward, is in her tenth year as a town councillor and this will be her third stint as deputy town mayor, although she said she has no ambitions to take the role of mayor in future.

She said: “It was a very nice surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it before and it’s an honour to serve the town and the town council.”