Cllr Margaret Marks appointed as new mayor of St Edmundsbury
A new mayor of St Edmundsbury was appointed earlier today at a mayor-making ceremony at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.
Councillor Margaret Marks took up the role, with Cllr Patrick Chung as her deputy.
Cllr Marks will be the last mayor of St Edmundsbury, after proposals for a single West Suffolk council were approved last week.
"It's a great privilege but slightly sad because it's going to be the last in St Edmundsbury," she said.
"But we do live in hope that we'll be able to preserve the role as it fits so well with the history and heritage of Bury and having a mayor is so important to the town."
The day was also a poignant one for Cllr Marks, as it comes three years after the death of her husband Tim, who served as mayor three times.
"I was really lucky I learned so much from my husband when he was mayor. He was an excellent man and he taught me a lot about the role," she said.
"He didn't mind what way of life people come from. He always said there are people who don't get enough recognition because they aren't lords and ladies, but who do so much for the town. There are so many charities and we've got to support them."
Cllr Julia Wakelam, who moved that Cllr Marks be elected mayor, said: "Both Tim and Margaret were incredibly supportive when I was deputy mayor and despite her loss and grief she remained steadfast and supported me throughout my year as mayor and I intend to do the same for her.
"Margaret will be the last mayor and I know she will do justice to the role."
Outgoing mayor, Terry Clements, also said that Cllr Marks had 'shown her commitment to the town already'.
For a full report, see next week's newspaper.