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New Mayor of Newark is independent councillor Irene Brown

By Graham Keal

TOWN councillor Irene Brown was installed as the new mayor of Newark at Sunday’s mayor-making ceremony after being unanimously elected to the post.

The usual tradition of the previous year’s deputy mayor year taking over the post could not be followed this year as both the former deputy mayor Roy Williams and outgoing mayor Tony Roberts were defeated at the recent polls.

Mrs Brown said: “It was a unanimous decision by the council to vote for me and I’m very honoured to serve as mayor of Newark for a second time.”

Mrs Brown, 74, who represents Bridge ward on both the town council and Newark and Sherwood District Council, previously served as Newark mayor in 2012.

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“I’m very pleased that I have the full support of the town council , and it’s up to all the town councillors to work together to support the people of Newark. That’s what we’re voted in to do,” she said.

“We have started another four years and I’m looking forward to it. I’m very passionate about Newark. I have the respect of the people of Newark, and I respect them.

“I’m sure that, between deputy mayor and myself and the officers of the town council, we will have a good year.

“I have always sat as an independent councillor and I don’t usually bring politics into it. We are there to represent the people.”

The mayor’s charities for her year in office have still to be chosen.

“It needs thinking about. There are a lot of organisations out there that need money,” she said.

“I will take each step as it comes and I will do my best - you can’t do any more.”

Mrs Brown’s consort will be Mr Alan Morgan.

New Labour councillor Lisa Geary was elected deputy mayor.

Looking back on his year in office, Mr Roberts said he was disappointed not to be re-elected but that his third stint as mayor had been characterised by many memorable occasions, “especially the marking of the centenary of the end of the first world war and the fantastic number of people who were congregated at the war memorial and spilling out onto Appletongate. The place was solid.”

Mr Roberts, 71, said Armed Forces Day was another special time, and the re-signing of the twinning agreement between Newark and a delegation from Emmendingen in Germany.

Other notable moments included the opening of a sensory garden at the Bowbridge Court care home and the opening of an exhibition of more than 10,000 post-card sized poppy paintings, which raised nearly £12,000 for Newark’s Royal British Legion branch and attracted entries from all over the country.

He said one of the biggest and most pleasing decisions of his term of office was the joint purchase of the Buttermarket by the town and district councils.

“This was one of the best decisions that I was involved with at both town and district levels and I’m incredibly happy that both councils continue to improve this area and are helping to revive the town,” he said.

Mr Roberts first became mayor of Newark in 1984 and took on the office once again in 2010, the year he was appointed an MBE. He was first elected to Newark and Sherwood District Council in 1976, is a past leader of the council and was re-elected to represent Beacon ward at the recent elections.

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