Outgoing St Edmundsbury mayor thanks people for ‘wonderful year’

The East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival was opened by councillor Julia Wakelam when she was the Mayor of St Edmundsbury  PICTURE: Mecha Morton
The East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival was opened by councillor Julia Wakelam when she was the Mayor of St Edmundsbury PICTURE: Mecha Morton

In the week since Julia Wakelam gave up the mayoral robes she has had time to reflect on her ‘wonderful year’.

The last event in her mayoral year was to join Her Majesty The Queen at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

She said: “Now I look back I feel very lucky and so privileged to have had the role in what for me has been amazing and a great chance to meet some inspirational people.”

During her time as mayor Cllr Wakelam made good causes her main focus.

Supporting charities such as children’s charity Nicky’s Way – which is part of St Nicholas Hospice Care – The Gatehouse Charity and the Bury Free Press’ very own Defeat Dementia Campaign.

Visits to schools and to places such as Highpoint Prison’s Ormiston Trust- which helps offenders and their families cope as well as how people were assisted by Bury’s Drop In Centre really inspired her, too.

The councillor admitted she still had work to do and was not one for taking a breather.

Constant fund-raising for Gatehouse and their foodbank as well as trying to start a literacy festival are among current plans Cllr Wakelam has set her sights on.

But she also said she would spend time with family and friends who supported her so much over the year.

The Green Party member said she was ‘so happy’ for the new Mayor of St Edmundsbury.

She said: “I know Terry will do a great job as he did fantastically for me as my deputy and I totally support him.

On being asked what she had taken from the role for the future, she said: “A much better awareness that there are great people doing great things in our borough that go unnoticed, I take so much from that.

“It simply has been such a wonderful time.”