‘True people’s mayor’ begins year in office

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She once walked more than 10 miles dressed as a carrot to raise money for charity.

And the new mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Pat Marsburg, has put charity work at the forefront of her mayoral year in office.

Cllr Marsburg was officially sworn in at a ceremony at Scarborough Town Hall last week, at which she revealed that her chosen charity is Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale MIND.

She said; “Generally mental health support is not a popular cause but 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.”

The new mayoress is Cllr Marsburg’s friend of many years, 
Hilary Groves, who, before her retirement, worked for Yorkshire Coast Homes as a warden caring for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable in the community.

“Together, Hilary and I will uphold the traditions of this prestigious office and promote the borough in every way that we can,” said Cllr Marsburg.

Mayor Pat Marsburg, right, and Mayoress Hilary Groves

Mayor Pat Marsburg, right, and Mayoress Hilary Groves

At the same meeting the outgoing mayor, Cllr Andrew Backhouse, said he would be fighting back tears after what had been a wonderful year which he said had been a roller coaster of emotions and excitement.

Perhaps one of his most notable achievements was a 209-mile bike ride across the entire borough in which he and a group of around 40 other riders visited 94 villages, town and hamlets.

Cllr Backhouse said the bike ride had showed him everything that was wonderful about the community and he announced that it would now become and annual event.

He said: “What more can I say about the Borough od Scarborough with a wonderful community, fantastic organisations and individuals that make it just what it is.”

He said he and his wife Sue, who has been mayoress, had put their friends “in a box” for the past year and that, in the nicest possible way, they were looking forward to getting them back again.

The mayor-making ceremony was attended by freemen, aldermen, councillors, distinguished guests and members of the public.

Cllr Marsburg told the gathering that her father had fought in the trenches at Ypres in World War One and that it was an honour to be involved in the 100-year commemorations.

She added: “To see past history and present day society coming together to remember will be a very proud moment.”

Cllr John Blackburn, her seconder, referred to her as a “true people’s mayor” and praised her fundraising record.

He said one of her achievements was that, during the space of a year, she raised £10,000 for children with cerebral palsy

He added: “I’m looking forward to a record amount being raised for local charities, but I wonder whether she is going to have members of the council walking round the town dressed as vegetables!?

“Whenever Pat rings me up I know it’s time to switch off the television and make myself comfy for half an hour, but she is much more interesting than the soaps on TV.

At the same meeting, Cllr Joe Plant was elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough.

Cllr Plant, who has lived in Whitby all his life, has been married to Margaret for 31 years; she will be the deputy mayoress. They have two children, Jonathan and 
Sarah, and a young grandchild, Robbie.

Cllr Plant was first elected to Scarborough Borough Council as a Conservative member for Whitby West Cliff Ward in 2003, retaining his seat ever since.

He said: “I’m very much looking forawrd to the year ahead.

“Being deputy mayor will be a real eye-opener because there is a lot of community work going on that I have never seen before.”