Bernard is elected as new mayor for Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea

Newly elected mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Coun Bernard Dobbs with wife Pauline and deputy mayor Tony Howard. Photo: Chloe West.

Newly elected mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Coun Bernard Dobbs with wife Pauline and deputy mayor Tony Howard. Photo: Chloe West.

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Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council’s longest standing member Bernard Dobbs has been elected as mayor for the fourth time.

Coun Dobbs took the chains of office from outgoing mayor Joyce Taylor at the latest town council meeting which took place on Monday evening, May 20.

But before she passed over the official chains which are worn with pride, coun Taylor wanted to express her gratitude to everyone that was part of her ‘wonderful year’ in office.

“It’s been an absolutely wonderful year taking part in so many special occasions,” Joyce said.

“I feel very honoured and lucky and it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to serve as your mayor this last year.

“I am so grateful to everyone who has stood by me during my year as mayor as I want to thank everyone for their support.”

The voting was unanimous for Bernard to take on the mayoral role this year and Coun Ian Wild kicked off the proceedings with the nomination.

Ian said: “Bernard has such a wealth of experience of commitment to the council and will serve us well as this year’s mayor for Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.”

Bernard has worked within the town since 1956 and has been on the council for 30 years.

During his years on the council right up to the present day, Coun Dobbs is involved in a wide variety of community groups.

Taking the role of deputy mayor for the year will be Coun Tony Howard who takes on the post for the second time.

Tony said: “I want to bring some enthusiasm to the post and handle everything in a professional way. “

Bernard explained his high hopes for the year ahead. He added: “It’s an honour to be elected as mayor for the fourth time and I thank everyone for their support.

“I congratulate Joyce on a good year and I hope to follow in her footsteps and do just as good.

“I hope as a council we can all work together to make this year great for everyone and I hope to help anyone in need of support.”

Bernard’s chosen charities for the year are the Meridale Community Garden, The Seal Sanctuary and Visions.