Family affair as new Mayor takes office

Christine Willoughby of Knaresborough in Bloom and Gordon Renton with their awards

Published Date: 22 May 2009

KNARESBOROUGH'S new Mayor took up office last week in an evening ceremony held at Knaresborough House.
Coun Mavis Clemmitt was officially declared Mayor as the outgoing Mayor, Coun Pam Godsell handed over the chains of office for the 2009/10 year.

The ceremony, attended by Mayors and Mayoresses from across the Harrogate district, and also attended by representatives from groups and organisations in the town, saw a vote of thanks offered to Coun Godsell in recognition of her work and commitment to Knaresborough.

Coun Lynne Lever proposed the vote of thanks and spoke of Coun Godsell as a ‘great ambassador for the town.’

Before standing down, Coun Godsell presented two awards.

The Community Cup was awarded to Gordon Renton for his hard work leading the Renaissance Knaresborough team, and also his involvement with Knaresborough Lions and the Christmas Market Committee which organises the December Christmas Market weekend.

Coun Godsell also chose the Knaresborough In Bloom team for their efforts in improving the town throughout the year, to receive the Environmental Award.

Knaresborough’s new Mayor, Coun Mavis Clemmitt has been a town councillor for two years.

She has been involved with the Town Twinning organisation for 29 years arranging visits to and from Knaresborough’s twin town of Bebra. She currently works in the Voluntary Services Department at Harrogate District Hospital, having formerly been an occupational/physiotherapist.

Coun Clemmitt is also a school governor and a member of Harrogate Lions and as part of her council work is on a number of council sub committees.

Coun Clemmitt’s Mayoress and consort during her year of office will be Coun Jean Burdett.

The Deputy Mayor will be Coun Richard Hall, and his consort, the Deputy Mayoress will be Mrs Rachael Hall.

Following the official handover, the new Mayor announced her chosen charity for her year of office will be the COGS (Centre on Gracious Street) appeal and the Civic Service will take place at Gracious Street Methodist Church on Sunday, June 21 at 10am with the Rev Gail Hunt officiating.

Knaresborough Post