photos: New Mayor elected for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
councillor Martin Cox was elected Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's
new Mayor on Wednesday night (May 8th).
was chosen by town councillors during a vote to fill the civic
role that has been held by Ken Smout over the past year with his
wife Janet as Mayoress.
Cox and his wife Arlene said they are looking forward to a busy
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is a great honour to be chosen
as Mayor. Arlene and I are looking forward to an active year in
which we intend to make encouraging local tourism and boosting
the vibrancy of our towns the priority."
Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor
for Lloyds Bank for 20 years, reaching Assistant Manager
Purchased a Bristol hotel in 1977 with 11 bedrooms which
he ran for 10 years. In 1987, he purchased Burnham Lodge
Nursing Home and ran it for 18 years.
After being involved in a near-fatal sea accident near Stert
Island, he joined BARB as a crewmember in 1993, later becoming
its Deputy Chairman.
2003-2007: Lifeboat Operations Manager at Burnham RNLI.
July 2004: Received Civic Award for outstanding service
to the community.
May 2011: Elected a town councillor.
May 2012: Elected Deputy Mayor.
Married Arlene in November 2012, who is from the Philippines
and whom he met in July 2010 while she was studying in the
praised the outgoing Mayor for his dedication in the role. "Ken
has expertly steered the towns through a very busy year that included
the Jubilee celebrations, Dylan Cecil tragedy, the Tesco funding
negotiations, and the retirement of our Town Clerk."
Smout added: "The support shown by the people of Burnham
and Highbridge has been superb. It has been a very busy and enjoyable
year in which I have attended 246 events and 218 meetings."
has been a great honour to serve as Mayor and I have been pleased
to have presented 19 community awards to groups in our towns.
I congratulate Martin on his appointment and wish him and Arlene
all the best for the year ahead."
was presented with a Past Mayor's Badge and two framed photographs,
while his wife Janet was given a bouquet of flowers to thank her
for her work.
Wednesday's meeting, Cllr Pauline Pollard was elected Deputy Mayor
while Cllr Mike Mansfield was chosen as Second Deputy Mayor for
the coming year.
Mayor's Cadet was named as Harry Jackson, 13, from Burnham's 290
Air Cadets Squadron.
Mayor's Chaplain is Reverend Graham Witts, vicar of Burnham's
St Andrew's Church.