New Mayor of Grantham receives chains of office in traditional ceremony
The new Mayor of Grantham took up his post last week in a traditional, and unique, ceremony.
Councillor Adam Stokes was ‘dragged’ from the Jubilee Life Church, in London Road, on Thursday by Couns Ray Wootten and Graham Jeal as part of the tradition played out in the mayor-making ceremony in Grantham.
It is a tradition which dates back to 1897 when no-one could be found to be mayor. The chain of office was draped around the statue of Frederick Tollemache in St Peter’s Hill, until a volunteer was found.
Outgoing Mayor Coun Lynda Coutts presented the chain of office to Coun Stokes, who is in his ninth year as a member of South Kesteven District Council) after retaining his seat to represent the Grantham Springfield ward at the local elections last month.
He was chosen by his fellow charter trustees at a meeting last month. He becomes mayor without being being deputy first because the previous deputy mayor, Coun Nikki Manterfield, declared that she would not be able to take on the role due to work and family commitments.
Speaking to the Journal after the ceremony, Coun Stokes said he is looking forward to the year ahead.
He added: “I am honoured that I have been given this opportunity.
“I aim to continue the good work of previous mayors who have promoted Grantham wherever they have been. “
He said his chosen charities for the year are Grantham Disabled Children Society and the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.
Coun Dean Ward was elected as the deputy mayor of Grantham after he was re-elected to represent the Grantham Arnoldfield ward.
This is his fifth year as a member of SKDC.
He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as deputy mayor.
“As ex-military, having served in the RAF Regiment, I am looking forward to attending military events over the next couple of years.
“I will also be carrying on with the monthly coffee mornings held in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham.”