Bor­oughs name their new may­ors

Char­i­ties to be at heart of year in of­fice

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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.

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