Former Deputy Mayor of Grantham voted back into the post after health scare

Councillor Mike Cook. EMN-140318-114252001
Councillor Mike Cook. EMN-140318-114252001
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A councillor who resigned as Deputy Mayor of Grantham after suffering a heart attack has been voted back into the position.

Coun Mike Cook was elected as deputy mayor for 2016/17 by the town’s Charter Trustees at a meeting in the Mayor’s Parlour this week.

Coun Linda Wootten EMN-151016-134536001

Coun Linda Wootten EMN-151016-134536001

Coun Cook, 75, who represents St Vincent’s ward on South Kesteven District Council, will be deputy to Coun Linda Wootten, who was voted in as mayor from May.

Coun Cook was deputy mayor from May 2014 until October that year when he suffered a heart attack while on a cruise in the Mediterranean.

He said: “This time I want to do the job properly! I didn’t get very far last time and I am pleased to get the vote this time round.

“It’s an honour to be voted for by my colleagues and to represent Grantham. That is what the mayorship is all about. It means you can pull together local charities and do a lot for them, as well as raise the profile of Grantham.”

Coun Wootten, who represents Grantham Harrowby ward on the district council, will be mayor for the first time from May.

She told the Journal: “I am very pleased that the nomination went through and I am mayor-elect. I look forward to taking up the position in May. It’s a privilege and an honour to represent the town.”

She added: “I am very pleased Mike will become my deputy because he was taken very poorly and had to stand down. I am looking forward to working with him. I see the deputy mayor as a support for the mayor and I will involve Mike in as much as I can.”

Coun Cook was on a cruise with his wife, Marjorie, towards the end of 2014 when he suffered the heart attack and underwent surgery in a hospital in Barcelona. In the May elections last year he kept his seat on South Kesteven District Council.

Coun Wootten is also portfolio holder for arts, leisure and culture on the SKDC cabinet. She also represents Grantham East on Lincolnshire County Council.