Boroughs name their new mayors
Charities to be at heart of year in office
TORY Alfred Friday has been elected as Spelthorne Borough Council’s new mayor.
A professional charity fundraiser until retiring in 2012, last year’s deputy mayor was formally elected at the recent annual council meeting.
He takes over from Mark Francis.
Speaking at the meeting, the new mayor said: “Thank you ladies and gentlemen of Spelthorne Council for electing me as your mayor this evening and I will do all within my power to repay that trust.
“We are proud to live in a wonderful borough that has busy, prosperous towns, that is blessed with a lovely river, pretty villages and lively communities.
“There are hidden gems like St Mary’s Church in Stanwell, with its twisted spire, and Sunbury’s Walled Garden.
“Kaye and I look forward to making ourselves known to all of you, as well as representing Spelthorne to the wider world.
“Let’s make Spelthorne sparkle’ is going to be the theme for my mayoral year.”
The Sunbury East ward councillor was first elected onto the council in 2011.
He and his wife Kaye have a daughter and two granddaughters. The family have lived in Sunbury since 1983.
During his one-year term, he will be supporting charities Parkinson’s UK, One-to-One and Home-Start Spelthorne.
Vivienne Leighton was elected as deputy mayor. n RUNNYMEDE’S new mayor kicked off his year representing the borough at the annual meeting last week.
Alan Alderson, who has been representing Egham Town as councillor since 2002, announced he will be supporting Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, HomeStart Runnymede and Woking and Dementia Carers Support in Runnymede during his time at the helm.
A Runnymede Independent Residents’ Group councillor, the new mayor has a wealth of experience in the business world, having spent 40 years in banking.
He retired as Barclays’ divisional director in 2000. He plans to put that knowledge to use during his time as Mayor of Runnymede.
“I’m looking to hold some business lunch events,” the associate of the Institute of Bankers said.
“Runnymede has a host of flourishing business, from large companies with offices in the borough to small independent enterprises that are doing very well locally.
“I’d like to bring these people together so they can learn from each other and continue to make a valuable contribution to our borough.”
Cllr Alderson’s wife, Margaret, a retired school teacher, will be the mayoress for the year.
The mayor has lived in Egham for 34 years and has three grown up children and six grandchildren.
Recommending him for the role, Cllr Gilham said: “We are very proud to have an independent mayor.
“We know he will serve this council very well.”
Away from the council, Cllr Alderson has a passion for music, having played the guitar since he was a teenager.
Praising outgoing mayor Derek Cotty at the meeting, Cllr Alderson, a Newcastle United fan, said he had ‘never seen a mayor work so hard’.
Cllr Cotty, who handed over the mayoral chain, said his year as mayor had been a ‘privilege beyond words’.
He said being mayor during the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and the celebration on Runnymede Meadows was an ‘unforgettable experience’.
Throughout the year, Cllr Alderson will be supported by deputy mayor Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, who represents Foxhills.
Cllr Chaudhri, who was born in Lahore, in Pakistan, joined the council on 2012 and once appeared as a contestant on The Apprentice.
Alfred Friday, the new Mayor of Spelthorne.
Alan Alderson, the new Mayor of Runnymede.