'˜It was a difficult year for me' admits out-going mayor
Out-going mayor Ivor Dixon has thanked his colleagues for helping him get through a '˜difficult' year in office.
His wife and consort, Eileen, passed away in December after a battle with cancer.
He said: “It’s been a difficult year for me with the passing of my wife in December and, at times, I don’t know where I got the strength from but I was determined to get this council back on track, something I hope you will all agree is happening.
“In the last four years there has been a lot of disharmony and arguments but with a lot of hard work I feel we have finally moved forward.
“We have achieved some great things in the last year or so: Flagstaff Park, Osborne play park, CCTV.
“We’ve also given financial support to the Barracks project, which we see as very worthwhile; to the Harbour Commissioners for its jetty project, which could be brilliant for tourism; two successful business conferences; and we’ve given the freedom of the town to 5MI.”
He thanked town hall keeper Michael Herriot, sergeant-at-mace Joyce Benton, halberdier Robert Welsh, deputy mayor Gregah Roughead and the sheriff and sheriff’s lady, Brian and Grace Douglas.
“Brian and Grace were a great comfort to me in my darkest hours and Joyce has been a shoulder to cry on,” said Coun Dixon.
He welcomed new town councillors Lesley Stephenson, Robert Bruce, Hayley Nichols, Brian Douglas and Alan Bowlas to their first meeting and hoped county councillors Georgina Hill, Catherine Seymour and Gregah Roughead would make regular visits to town council meetings.