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New Mayor elected in historic ceremony

5:54 pm, Wednesday, 24th May 2023 - 12 months ago

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SCARTHO Ward Councillor, Ian Lindley, has been sworn in as Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire during a special ceremony late last week.

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ian Lindley, was elected following his term as Deputy Mayor from May 2022 to May 2023.

The Mayor has appointed Mrs Helen Lindley as his Mayoress.

Outgoing Mayor and Ward Councillor for the East Marsh, Councillor Steve Beasant, was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire during the same Special Council Meeting. Mrs Carol Beasant has been appointed as his Deputy Mayoress.

Dignitaries, Councillors, members of the local community, friends and family members gathered at the Mayor Making ceremony on Thursday 18th May 2023 to witness the election of the new Mayor and the exchanging of the official chains of office.

The Mayor is the first citizen of North East Lincolnshire and undertakes an important ceremonial role in and outside of the borough.

Shortly after being elected to the role, Councillor Ian Lindley expressed his joy and gratitude for the nomination:

“I’m incredibly grateful to Councillor Shepherd for his nomination and to my fellow Councillors for electing me.

“I first came to Grimsby during the early 1990s with work, and have stayed ever since. I am really passionate about this place and its people and I look forward to spending my Mayoral year getting out and meeting people in our community.”

Born in Nottingham, Cllr Lindley came to Grimsby on a 3-week contract as an Operating Department Practitioner in the 1990s and stayed on to continue working at the Diana Princess of Wales hospital.

Councillor Lindley has represented Scartho Ward since 2015.

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.

His Mayoral Year will run until May 2024, when a new Mayor will be elected. Councillor Lindley has chose Sunflowers Children’s Action Group and the Pink Rose Suite at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital as his Mayoral charities, and will be undertaking fundraising activities throughout his Mayoral year for these causes.

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