WHITBY has a new town mayor.
At the annual meeting this week Coun John Freeman took over from outgoing mayor Coun Terry Jennison who stepped down after completing a two year term at the helm.
Before he handed over the chains he said he had enjoyed two fantastic years and met people from all over the world.
The highlights of his term in office were the children’s party he organised with gifts donated by the town’s tradespeople, having the Air Cadets perform at his civic service, becoming their president and accompanying Whitby’s steam bus to London for the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
Coun Jennison added: “That is an occasion I will never forget ever.”
He thanked his wife Barbara for her support, town clerks Pam Dobson and Anne Dowey, deputy mayor Coun Heather Cloughton and his fellow town councillors.
Coun John Freeman won the vote to be his successor over Coun Amanda Smith.
He said: “I hope that with the support of the council and whoever turns out to be my deputy that I will serve the council and the town as well as Terry has for the last two years.
“It has been interesting to watch and see just how much commitment there is when you are town mayor.
“I hope I can chair meetings firmly and fairly so that the council can work better for the service of the town.”
On Tuesday at 6.45pm in Pannett Park art gallery there will be a extraordinary meeting of the town council to elect a deputy mayor and set up the various council committees.