New Mayor And Deputy Mayor For Warminster Town Council

Wednesday 17th May 2017:

Warminster Town Council have issued the following press release ~

Warminster Town Council Elects New Mayor And Deputy

At Warminster Town Council’s annual meeting on Monday 15th May 2017, Councillor Rob Fryer was appointed Mayor for the ensuing municipal year, following a unanimous vote. Councillor Tony Nicklin was voted in as Deputy Mayor.

On accepting his appointment, Councillor Fryer thanked his fellow councillors for electing him as Mayor. "I feel greatly honoured by this and hope that I will live up to your expectations." He went on to thank the electorate for their high turnout at the recent election and all the candidates who stood but did not get elected. "It is healthy for democracy to have a choice at the ballot box and it makes the election much more vibrant."

Councillor Fryer went on to ask his fellow councillors to consider reintroducing the Civic Reception to give some recognition to all those dedicated volunteers who keep our numerous charities and clubs running. "They all help towards enriching the lifestyle of our community. Let’s recognise their dedication."

He finished by emphasising how dear the Town Park lake was to his heart and how he had campaigned for boats to be brought back ten years ago. Expressing optimism that this could be brought to fruition this summer he joked: "As Mayor I demand that I have the first go at rowing a boat on the lake again."

Retiring Mayor Councillor Paul Macfarlane gave a vote of thanks, saying he had had a fabulous year as Mayor and it had been a real privilege. He thanked the returning councillors for having voted him in last year, the Council staff for keeping his diary straight and writing his speeches, retired Town Clerk Heather Abernethie for her knowledge and guidance and new Town Clerk Fiona Fox for embracing her role and helping him with his Civic Service and charity curry night.

Councillor Macfarlane said there had had been a real community spirit within the town this year which he felt sure would continue under the new Mayor. He passed on a piece of advice given to the Mayor of Salisbury: "It’s quite simple. A B C . . . . X Y Z. Always Be Cheerful . . . . eXamine Your Zip!"