Melton’s new Mayor David Wright was wittily described as ‘an old horse’ who you’d put money on to win the Grand National because he’s a ‘stayer’ as he accepted the chain of office on Tuesday night.
Nominating Mr Wright to be elected as Mayor of Melton for 2016/17, councillor Malise Graham said his colleague had overcome many ‘fences’ during his 16 years served on the council, also adding that Mr Wright’s wife, and new Mayoress, Maureen, would be a ‘wonderful ambassador for the Melton borough’.
Mr Wright, who was elected at Melton Council’s annual meeting, previously served as Mayor in 2004/05.
Over the next 12 months he will be fundraising for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the Melton Community First Responders.
Mr Wright, a Conservative borough councillor who represents the Bottesford ward, has lived and worked in the Bottesford parish all his life and ran his own business for 20 years. He is also a Bottesford parish councillor and former chairman of the parish council.
A vote of thanks was given to outgoing Mayor Jeanne Douglas who said she’d had a ‘truly marvellous year’ serving as Mayor. A vote of thanks was also given to her consort, Robert Abel-Smith.
Councillor Douglas thanked her outgoing Deputy Mayor Simon Lumley, her consort Mr Abel-Smith and fellow councillors.