SCARBOROUGH’S new mayor and deputy mayor were officially sworn in at an annual council meeting at the Town Hall yesterday.
Scarborough Council’s new mayor is Cllr Helen Mallory – who has been the Deputy Mayor for the past 12 months – and Cllr Andrew Backhouse is now the Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Mallory said she wanted her Mayoral theme during her term of office to be “working together” and said the coming year would be a special one – with the Olympic Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as other events throughout the borough.
Speaking after the ceremony she said she was looking forward to her year and added: “Just being out and about with everybody in the community – it’s a special year. I’ve been deputy already and we are looking forward to an exciting year.”
Cllr Mallory became a borough councillor in 2003 and has been the chairman of Seamer Parish Council for three years.
She has also been a governor at Seamer and Irton Community School for 19 years and a chairman for the school for 18 years – some of the pupils gave a presentation at the ceremony.
Her daughter, 25-year-old Lucy, will be the youngest mayoress of the borough and said she had enjoyed her year as deputy mayoress.
She added: “I’ve enjoyed it – we’ve done things that I didn’t think I’d ever do. I’m looking forward to the year ahead. I hope to bring some youth into it.”
Cllr Backhouse, a former milkman who now runs a family-owned caravan park in Burniston, is also a member of Burniston Parish Council and North Yorkshire County Council – as a borough councillor he has also held various positions on scrutiny committees and has been the Cabinet member for Environment and Transport since joining in 2003.
The outgoing mayor, Cllr John Blackburn, said he had asked Cllr Mallory to be his deputy last year and added that she had been a “wonderful support” to him during his year in office.
He also thanked his chauffeurs who had kept him organised and were valued members of staff. He said: “If this council is ever thinking about getting rid of the chauffeurs then think again. Being Mayor – it wouldn’t be the same without the chauffeurs.”