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Borough gets new Mayor

9:28 am, Thursday, 16th May 2024 - 1 hour ago


Councillor Steve Beasant has been elected Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, following a Mayor Making Ceremony at Grimsby Town Hall.

The Mayor Making Ceremony takes place each year in May, and sees all 42 Councillors elect a Mayor to chair Council meetings for the forthcoming Municipal year.

The role of Mayor in North East Lincolnshire is also a ceremonial one, which will see the incumbent visit all corners of the borough, meeting representatives of charities, community organisations and businesses, as well as representing the Council at official functions.

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Steve Beasant, was elected following his term as Deputy Mayor from May 2023 to May 2024, and Mayor between May 2022 and May 2023.

The Mayor has appointed Mrs Sandie Hullett as his Mayoress.

Also appointed during the ceremony was Councillor Janet Goodwin, who was elected to the role of Deputy Mayor. Cllr Goodwin has appointed Mr. Barry Goodwin as her Deputy Mayor’s Consort.

The Mayor Making Ceremony was attended by dignitaries, Councillors, and members of the local community as well as friends and family members of the new Mayor. Those in attendance witnessed the election along with the exchange of the official chains of office.

Following his election, Councillor Beasant gave his thanks to fellow Councillors for once again putting their trust in him:

“Members will recall that I have previously held the role of Mayor quite recently, and they all know how much I enjoyed getting out and meeting local residents and hearing their stories.

“At times the role can be an emotional one, listening to the achievements and struggles of other people, but one thing became clear from my time spent as Mayor and Deputy Mayor: there are some incredible people in our borough doing some fantastic things, and I want to continue to use the office of Mayor to champion their causes and shine a light on their work.

“I’d like to thank my fellow Councillors for their nomination. I’m incredibly grateful to them, and this is a really proud moment for me.

Born in Grimsby, Cllr Beasant has lived in the East Marsh ward for more than 30 years and has been a ward councillor since 2003.

The Mayor is not directly elected by the people and therefore holds no direct power. They are politically neutral in carrying out their Mayoral duties, and act as the Chair of Council meetings.

Councillor Beasant has named Nurtrio, Friendship at Home, YMCA and Jax’s Stoma Appeals his Mayoral charities, and will undertake fundraising activities during his Mayoral Year to raise funds for these worthy causes.

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