Last night’s traditional mayor-making ceremony saw Councillor Jacky Smith take up the role for the coming year.
This is the first time Conservative Coun Smith has been Mayor of Grantham, after representing the St Wulfram’s ward on South Kesteven District Council for four years.
During the ceremony in the SKDC chamber, Coun Smith proposed a vote of thanks to retiring Mayor Coun Ian Selby and Mayoress Anita Selby, and presented gifts to both.
On taking up the position, Coun Smith said: “I feel very proud to have been asked by my peers to take on this role, following in the footsteps of many great men and women who’ve held this position. Looking through the list one can read many names that are very much a part of the industrial, agricultural and commercial history of the very existance of Grantham.”
In his retiring speech, outgoing Mayor Selby paraphrased the words of Frank Sinatra. “And now folks the end is here for my term of office as the Mayor. So I come here this evening to where I face the final curtain,” he said.
“I kept things local and I could have travelled more, much more than this - less than 3,000 miles actually - but I guess I kept it local - I did it my way.”
During his year in office Mayor Selby has raised in total over £28,000 for his three nominated charities - Kesteven Rideability, the Grantham Journal’s Children’s Fund and Gravity FM, as well as other local causes.
Coun Linda Wootten takes on the post of Deputy Mayor of Grantham, following on from Coun Bruce Wells and Coun Mike Cook.