New mayor man ‘of great hon­esty’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A NEW Mayor of Peter­bor­ough was of­fi­cially elected at Town Hall last night.

Pas­ton coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Si­mons is the lat­est to don the cer­e­mo­nial robes as he took over the of­fice from Cllr Paula Thacker.

The 78-year-old born and bred Peter­bo­rian was re-elected to the coun­cil in 2010, hav­ing pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented Stan­ground for eight years be­tween 1988 and 1996.

Nom­i­nat­ing him, coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este said: “He is a true Peter­bo­rian, born in New Eng­land and has lived in the city his en­tire life.”

Sec­ond­ing the nom­i­na­tion, Cllr Charles Swift said: “I have known him for a num­ber of years and he is a man of great hon­esty and in­tegrity with his feet firmly on the ground.”

Cllr Si­mons will carry out his may­oral du­ties ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Sylvia, who will be the city may­oress, while the deputy mayor tak­ing over from Lu­cia Ser­luca is Cllr June Stokes.

The con­fir­ma­tion of both Cllrs Si­mons and Stokes was met by a round of ap­plause by a full coun­cil cham­ber.

Prior to the elec­tion of mayor, all coun­cil­lors joined in a mo­ment’s si­lence to Doris Marchant, the for­mer may­oress of Peter­bor­ough who sadly died ear­lier this week.

Thank­ing Cllr Thacker for her ten­ure as mayor, the coun­cil’s deputy leader Matthew Lee said: “In the past 12 months she has at­tended in the re­gion of 1,000 events.

“I’m sure you all thank her for the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, en­thu­si­asm and ENNEW ergy she dis­played.”

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