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A new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Grantham have been elected for the year 2022-23.

The Charter Trustees of Grantham met last night to elect the mayor and his deputy and confirmed Councillor Graham Jeal, who is currently Deputy Mayor of Grantham, as the next mayor.

Coun Jeal's deputy for 2022-23 will be Councillor Mark Whittington, district councillor for Grantham Barrowby Gate, who was proposed by fellow Trustee Councillor Ray Wootten.

The current Mayor of Grantham, Coun Dean Ward, stands in the Mayor's Parlour with, left, Coun Graham Jeal, and Coun Mark Whittington who will be Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Grantham, for 2022-23. (54265257)
The current Mayor of Grantham, Coun Dean Ward, stands in the Mayor's Parlour with, left, Coun Graham Jeal, and Coun Mark Whittington who will be Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Grantham, for 2022-23. (54265257)

Coun Wootten said: "He has been a very good attendee of the Charter Trustees and supporter of all the events we have to carry out so I think he will make a great deputy."

Couns Jeal and Whittington will take up their positions in May when the mayor-making ceremony takes place.

Coun Whittington told the Journal: “I am both delighted and honoured to have been chosen by the Charter Trustees to become Deputy Mayor of Grantham, my hometown.”

Coun Whittington was born in Skillington before moving to Grantham where he later attended the King’s School. He studied Law at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham and then trained and worked as an accountant in London and Hertfordshire before moving back to Grantham in 1995. He continued to work as an accountant in the NHS and Local Government and in the private sector.

After returning to Grantham he played rugby at Kesteven RFC for many years and also coached and refereed junior rugby at the club.

He first became a county councillor for the Grantham Barrowby Division in July 2015 and subsequently a SKDC District Councillor for Grantham Barrowby Gate Ward in May 2019.

He is married with a son and stepson and has four young granddaughters.



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