THE new Mayor of Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea has promised to promote and support education and industry during what she expects to be a ‘hectic’ year in the role.
Coun Joyce Taylor, Labour councillor for the Trusthorpe and Mablethorpe South ward, was unanimously elected as Mayor for 2012/13 at Monday’s town council AGM after spending a year as deputy to Irene Burnett.
It will be her first time in the role, and she will be ably assisted by Coun Bernard Dobbs as deputy mayor, a man who has fulfilled the mayor and deputy mayor roles a combined six times.
“I was quite surprised to get the role due to the fact that I suffer from Parkinson’s,” she said.
“But I’m looking forward to a really hectic year with the Queen’s Jubilee and Olympic Torch, it’s a great year to do the job.”
Joyce, a former supermarket manager and school secretary, moved to the area 42 years ago from her native South Yorkshire.
She now lives in Sutton on Sea, and has taken on one of her daughters, Anne-Marie Gregory as a mayoress.
She continued: “We need to promote Mablethorpe and its assets, we don’t advertise ourselves enough, it’s important that I focus on local trade and industry as well as tourism.
“We have the best beach for miles and miles and now there’s investment coming into the town from Lindum and Tesco, I’m a supporter of any investment which helps the town.
“I’ll be drawing on the experience of Bernard Dobbs who has done it all before, as well as town crier Roy Palmer who adds so much colour to the town.
“I haven’t fully decided on my mayor’s charities yet, but I’ll certainly be helping Disability Lincs and the Air Ambulance.
“I’d like to thank the outgoing mayor Irene Burnett, who has been extremely supportive and helpful. She gave me some good words of advice which I shan’t be revealing!
“I hope everyone comes out to support the many events taking place this year.”
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