Borough of Scarborough welcomes new Mayor

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Cllr Pat Marsburg was today formally elected as Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough for the 2014/15 mayoral year at the annual Full Council meeting of Scarborough Borough Council.

She took over from Cllr Andrew Backhouse who has been the Mayor for the last 12 months.

The new mayor of the borough of Scarborough Cllr Pat Marsburg and the mayoress Hilary Groves

The new mayor of the borough of Scarborough Cllr Pat Marsburg and the mayoress Hilary Groves

The new Mayor, the daughter of a grocer who fought in the trenches at Ypres in the First World War, was born in Hull and raised in Hollym near Withernsea. Pat lived in Essex and Bridlington before moving to Scarborough in 1992. She has a daughter and stepson, two grandsons and four great grandchildren. Her friend of many years, Hilary Groves, will be her Mayoress during the civic year.

The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Pat Marsburg said:

“It is an honour to have been elected as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough. Together, Hilary and I will uphold the traditions of this prestigious office and promote the borough in every way that we can.

“I have chosen mental health as my theme for the year and my supported charity, through the Mayoress’ Community Fund for local charities, will be Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale MIND. Generally mental health support is not a popular cause but personally I believe it is very important. It is an illness that can occur in any family, at any age, for various reasons. I hope that I can help raise awareness and support for those in need.

At the same meeting, Cllr Joe Plant was elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough. Cllr Plant has lived in Whitby all his life. He has been married to his wife Margaret for 31 years. They have two children, Jonathan and Sarah, and a young grandchild, Robbie.