Vote for new Weston mayor

PUBLISHED: 11:56 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:56 02 June 2015

Mayor Ray Armstrong with former mayor Roz Willis (right) and Jos Holder (left). Photo by Simon Parry/UK Images.

Mayor Ray Armstrong with former mayor Roz Willis (right) and Jos Holder (left). Photo by Simon Parry/UK Images.


LAST year’s mayor gave a heartfelt speech of thanks to the town and her colleagues before a new mayor of Weston was sworn in.

Weston Town Councillors and guests gathered in the council chambers in the Town Hall for the ceremony.

The councillors all wore their official robes to hear presentations from the chaplain and hear a speech from the outgoing mayor, Roz Willis.

She said: “How do I tell you in a few moments about a year as mayor? Well it is probably just one word – wow.”

Cllr Willis gave an emotional speech thanking the mayoress, Jos Holder, the town council team and the people of Weston for her year.

She said: “Cameron Service has been my cadet this year and he has been a tremendous support to the mayoral team and has learned very quickly on the job. It must be very strange to suddenly be in the spotlight with the mayor but Cameron didn’t flinch once at the thought.”

Cllr Willis said her biggest honour was giving the 40 Commando Royal Marines the freedom of the town during Armed Forces Day, and seeing 500 marines march onto Princess Royal Square for the occasion.

She said: “I have never been so proud to be part of something so special and the honour was mine.”

Cllr Willis recalled some of her other highlights from the year, including the In The Pink dinner raising money for the mayor’s charities when she dyed her hair bright pink, and said: “I frightened myself every time I looked in the mirror – but then I normally do anyway.”

She talked about her other memorable moments, including going to a 106th birthday party, and announced she had taken part in 395 engagements as mayor over the year.

After hearing the speech it was clear Cllr Willis had an adventurous year, and she made the room smile when she revealed was dubbed the ‘saucy super mayor’ by Radio 1 host Greg James during a radio show.

She said: “It has been humbling to hear all the lovely comments and I thank everyone for their kindness. Thank you to Weston Town Council for all their work and support.”

The town council agreed to pass a vote of thanks to Cllr Willis, and fellow town councillor David Hitchins said: “I know you had a lot of engagements because every time I picked up the Mercury you were in there. It is a serious job but it’s also a fun job. You have done a fantastic job and you should be very proud of yourself. On behalf of the town council and Weston I would like to thank you.”

After hearing Cllr Willis’ speech, the town council voted for Cllr Raymond Armstrong to take up the role of mayor this year.

Cllr Michael Kus proposed the nomination, and said: “I have every confidence that Ray will carry out his duties to the best of his abilities.”

Once Cllr Willis was sworn in, Cllr Kus proposed to vote in Alan Peak as the deputy, and said: “I have come to know him as a good-humoured, good-natured and kind man, and it is my pleasure to propose Alan Peak as the deputy mayor.”

Cllr Peak accepted the robes and said: “I’m proud and honoured to stand here today as voted deputy mayor of Weston, I thank you all for placing your trust in me. They always say behind every great man is a woman – well I’m not a great man but my wife Jackie is a great woman.”

The mayor selected Sophie Brooks to become the mayor’s cadet for the coming year.

After a vote, it was decided Peter Crew will remain the leader of the town council and Michael Kus the deputy.

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