New Grantham mayor will take over during traditional ceremony tonight

Councillor Frank Turner.
Councillor Frank Turner.
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Grantham will be handed its new mayor tonight (Thursday) during a traditional mayor-making ceremony.

Outgoing mayor Ian Stokes will replaced by Frank Turner, who represents the Green Hill ward as district councillor. Deputy mayor will be Ian Selby, Harrowby ward councillor.

Since 1897 the new mayor of Grantham has traditionally been dragged into the ceremony by colleagues. It dates back to the time when nobody could be found to be mayor and the chain of office was draped around the statue of Tollemache in St Peter’s Hill until a volunteer was found.

There will be coverage of the ceremony online at and in Friday’s Journal.