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Holderness bursts with its own mayoral pride

    By Andrea Kirk  

COUNCILLOR Andrew Eastwood took up the mantle to become Hornsea’s new Mayor at the town’s mayor making ceremony at the Town Hall on Monday, May 13.

Opening the meeting the retiring Mayor Keith Himsworth gave the details of his final civic appointment at the Festival of St John at Beverley Minster on Sunday, May 12 before passing the Mayoral chains to Cllr Eastwood. Stepping into the Mayoral shoes after serving as Deputy Mayor for the last year Cllr Eastwood announced his son Nathen would be his consort for his mayoral year. Outgoing Mayoress Hilary Himsworth passed the chains on to Nathen saying: “Well done, have a lovely year.”

Cllr Eastwood then presented a bottle and flowers to the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress. In this speech Cllr Eastwood said: “No one will understand how much Keith and Hilary have given in the last year so thank you. The number of events they’ve been to have been tremendous, only when you have been in the place of Mayor do you realise how much time is given to represent the town and no one could have done that better than Keith and Hilary.”

Reverend Keith Himsworth will serve as chaplain for Cllr Eastwood in his Mayoral year after deciding not to stand in the recent council elections.

Reflecting on his second time as the Mayor of Hornsea having previously held the role in 2014, Reverend Himsworth said: “Despite the work involved it has been fun, so thank you to the people of Hornsea and the town council for the support.”

He reflected on having more time to dedicate to the role the second time round following retirement from being Minister at Hornsea Methodist Church adding: “To be a Mayor and an active clergyman is unusual.”

The charity of Rev Himsworth’s Mayoral year has been the Hornsea First Aid Centre and he announced £612 had been raised for it. He finished his outgoing speech by saying: “I am thankful to the town and councillors for this opportunity to experience civic life.”

Cllr Eastwood confirmed he will support two charities, Hornsea Inshore Rescue and Hornsea Youth Club of which he is the chairman.

Normally the Deputy Mayor for the year is also appointed at the mayor making ceremony. However, Cllr Eastwood explained: “As everybody will realise the Deputy Mayor Brian Morgan was not elected to the council in the recent elections.” He explained thethree options available to the council which include electing one of the current members as a Deputy Mayor or postponing the decision as it is not required in law or to decide not to elect a Deputy mayor at all. Cllr Julie Kemp proposed the council defer a decision until a full council is in place after the co-option. This was seconded by Cllr Jean Robinson and all were in favour with Cllr Angus Robinson abstaining from the vote.

Meanwhile, a new civic era is about to begin at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Councillor Richard Burton, who was elected as Conservative Group Leader on Wednesday, May 8, is today (May 16) expected to be formally elected as council leader at the East Riding Council’s annual meeting.

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