Mayor and Mayoress elected for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
and Highbridge has a new Mayor and Mayoress this week after they
were elected by town councillors on Monday evening (May 8th).
Hancock and his wife Frances were chosen by councillors after outgoing
Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke's two years in the role
came to an end.
Hancock, 73, is a cattle farmer who lives at The Oaktree in Highbridge.
He has been a Highbridge town councillor for six years, representing
the Highbridge ward.
humbled and greatly honoured to become Mayor," Bill told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"We're both looking forward to a busy, active year. One theme
I intend to focus on is the youth of our area - they are our future
and need every support we can give them to put them on a right path."
Mayoress Frances, 69, was born in Isleport Road, Highbridge and
has always lived in the town. She added: "I'm delighted that
we've been chosen, if a bit nervous! It's quite a responsibility,
but we're looking forward to meeting lots of local people."
Cllr Hancock was proposed by Cllr Andy Brewer, who said: "Cllr
Hancock has very conscientiously been Deputy Mayor for the last
two years and has always been very well received. I know he is slightly
daunted by the task but his political independence is well respected
in this Chamber."
Cllr Louise Parkin seconded the nomination of the new Mayor, adding:
"Cllr Hancock is the best of 'old Highbridge' - he's lived
in the area for 70 years and his wife was actually born in Isleport.
I wholeheartedly support this recommendation."
Cllr Bill Hancock was presented the Mayoral chain by outgoing Mayor
Michael Clarke. The Past Mayor's Badge was also handed over to Cllr
Hancock praised the outgoing Mayor, saying: "Thank you for
all you have done over the past two years. You have been fantastic
in the job. I always say that behind every successful man is a great
woman and that's the case with Maria, who has been a wonderful Mayoress.
We thank them both."
Outgoing Mayor Michael Clarke said: "I'm beyond words to explain
what an honour it has been to represent Burnham and Highbridge as
"It has been a huge privilege and we have been so impressed
with the many wonderful people we have met across the two towns
who make Burnham and Highbridge what they are."
"We wish Bill and Frances every success - they will be a great
Mayor and Mayoress," he added.
Cllr Michael Clarke presented flowers to Rev Sharon Eldergill to
thank her in her outgoing role as the Mayor's Chaplain.
The new Mayor and Mayoress are scheduled to announce their new
appointments for Mayor's Chaplain and Mayor's Cadet next month.
Pictured here with the new Mayor and Mayoress are Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton,
who was elected Deputy Mayor, and Cllr Andy Brewer who is the new
Second Deputy Mayor.
The full council with the new Mayor and Mayoress on Monday evening