Towns elect their new figureheads

By Kate Maxwell and David LennardTHE new Mayor of Southwold was presented with the chain of office at the town council's annual meeting last night.Sue Allen was elected mayor unanimously by town councillors after being formally proposed by John Winter.

By Kate Maxwell and David Lennard

THE new Mayor of Southwold was presented with the chain of office at the town council's annual meeting last night.

Sue Allen was elected mayor unanimously by town councillors after being formally proposed by John Winter. Outgoing mayor John Miller was elected deputy mayor for the next civic year.

Mrs Allen, who has been a councillor for five years, said she was honoured to be elected and complimented the outgoing mayor for his successful year of office.


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She hopes to oversee some big changes in the town during her year of office, including the rebuilding of a community hall to replace the recently-demolished Stella Peskett hall on Mights Road.

Mrs Allen also hopes to see plans for a new sports pavilion take shape, and discussions start for control of the harbour, currently managed by Waveney District Council, to be returned to the town.

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“It's really important it stays a working harbour and that the huts don't get used as beach huts,” she said.

The new mayor has lived in Southwold since 1948, when she attended St Felix School, and has run various High Street shops in the town.

Mrs Allen said she was looking forward to her ceremonial role, which starts on Sunday when she will parade through the town in full regalia, led by the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums, a traditional ceremony which ends with a welcoming buffet lunch at the Town Hall.

Meanwhile, the new chairman of Halesworth Town Council is retired GP Dr Bill Pagan, who was unanimously elected by fellow town councillors at the annual meeting last night.

It is the second time Dr Pagan has been elected to the post as he was the first town council chairman following the local government reorganisation in 1974.

”I am very grateful for the support of fellow councillors. In particular I would like to thank my predecessor, Paul Whitlow, who has done a fantastic job as town council chairman for the past two years,” he said.

Another former town council chairman, Alan Holzer, was elected vice-chairman.

Following the elections held earlier this month, the new make-up of Halesworth Town Council is: chairman, Bill Pagan; vice-chairman, Alan Holzer; councillors Bob Niblett, Patricia Flegg, Ezra Leverett, Richard Pymar, Paul Whitlow, Ian Kerrison, Sandra Leverett, Eddie Hyde-Clarke, Jacqueline Wagner and Janet Wright.

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