SCARBOROUGH’S new mayor has been formally elected into the civic office at a packed mayor-making ceremony at the town hall yesterday.
Cllr John Blackburn will be accompanied on his official duties by Jackie, his wife of almost 44 years, who was named as his mayoress.
He said their two themes this year would be sport, especially for young people in the area, and happiness – because he wanted to bring a smile to people’s faces during the current austere times.
He said: “I’d like to pay tribute to mayor Hazel Lynskey and her mayoress Shiela Kettlewell, it has indeed been a pleasure and privilege to support them as their deputy mayor. I’d like to thank them for their hard work.”
Cllr Blackburn added that both he and the mayoress would make every effort to promote the borough. He said: “She’s been a wonderful wife and she will be a wonderful mayoress.”
Pupils from Cayton School were invited to the ceremony because the new mayor has a long association with the school. He added: “Can we thank you for coming today and giving up your lessons.”
Cllr Blackburn, who is originally from Grimsby but has lived in the Scarborough area since 1974, has been a member of Cayton Parish Council for more than 30 years as well as a borough councillor since 2003 and a county councillor for the past seven years.
His appointment was proposed by Cllr Godfrey Allanson and seconded by Cllr David Jeffels.
Cllr Helen Mallory was appointed as the deputy mayor.
She said: “It’s a great honour and I am looking forward to supporting John in his year as mayor.”
Mrs Lynskey said the past 12 months had been a memorable year and one of the highlights had been having lunch with Omar Shariff when she was representing Scarborough at a lunch in Hull.
She added that her first day as mayor had been the official opening of the Open Air Theatre by Her Majesty The Queen. She said: “It was a glorious day.”
Other highlights during her year were Armed Forces Day, and the recent renovation of the Spa Complex.
She said: “It has been a year of interesting engagements. Mayoralty is still part of the borough. John and Jackie, I know you will enjoy this year as much as I have.”