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Mayoral tradition for the 484th time

An evening of tradition was enjoyed by councillors and invited guests as Cllr Judith Skinner became Boston's 484th Mayor.

She said how she was "humbled" by all the good wishes she had received and vowed to carry out her duties to the best of her ability and to promote the Borough of Boston.

She was nominated by Cllr Michael Brookes who said she would be a "fantastic" Mayor for Boston and would "do a great job for the Borough". The nomination was seconded by Cllr Nigel Welton.

Cllr Skinner's husband, Cllr Paul Skinner is Mayor's consort. The Mayor nominated Cllr Yvonne Stevens to be her deputy, seconded by Cllr Jonathan Noble. Her consort is her eldest son Vincent Forinton. Mayor's Chaplain is St Guthlac's Church, Fishtoft, rector, the Rev Marc Cooper. Mayor's scout is Ellie Poole and Mayoress's guide is Keira O'Shea.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe gave the vote of thanks to outgoing Mayor Cllr Bernard Rush, seconded by Cllr Peter Bedford who said: "We knew at the start of the year Brian (Bernard) that you would be a different Mayor and it's proved to be. Within this chamber you have ruled the council correctly and without any prejudice at all."

Cllr Rush responded that it had been a great privilege to be Mayor of Boston. "I may have been a slightly different kind of Mayor, but very proud to have served."

He paid tribute to his deputy, Cllr Barrie Pierpoint, who he said had been a great support "standing shoulder-to-shoulder with me for the whole year - almost invisible but always there."

Cllr Pierpoint said he knew it was going to be an interesting year, and it had been. He said Cllr Rush had always got the people of Boston at heart. He thanked Alison Hull, the council's civic and member services officer, who he said was "the bedrock that holds us all together".

A past councillor scroll was presented to Maureen Dennis, who received spontaneous applause after she recounted a story from her time as Mayor and an example of the interesting people met by chance. The son of the owner of DT Gratton, who had an agricultural engineer's shop in Bargate, made himself known to her. She remembered her father had bought a new tractor from them with a special permit needed during the wartime years of austerity. She had amazed Mr Gratton junior by remembering so much about the purchase, including the registration number of the tractor. He had called her the next day to say he had checked their paperwork and she was absolutely correct.

Read more: The Mayor at Home -  Born here, lived here, ready to serve here

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