Third time as mayor for Maryport councillor Peter
Last updated at 20:08, Thursday, 17 May 2012
Maryport councillor Peter Kendall has been re-elected as the town’s mayor.
A Labour councillor, Mr Kendall, 65, of North Street, Maryport, was elected unopposed at a council meeting on Monday night.
This is his third term as mayor. He first held the job about seven years ago and was mayor last year.
Both his wife Angela and daughter Mary-Claire Telford have also been town mayors.
Coun Kendall was born in Maryport in 1946 but his family moved to Nottingham when he was aged eight, driven out of the town by a lack of jobs. He said he came back as soon as he could and had never lost his passion for the town.
He said: “It has been a privilege to serve during this past year and an even greater honour to have been on the council for more than 17 years.”
“My grandchildren Charlie, Samara and Leo will be my consorts again. I think it is most appropriate because one of the highlights has been the number of children from Maryport schools who have visited the council chambers.
“We have listened to their concerns and they are the same as ours.”
Coun Kendall, supporting the idea of more localalised government, said: “There are many functions that Maryport Town Council could do for itself and we need to explore them, but we also need to ensure that the county and borough councils who are handing on these responsibilities are not keeping their same level of council tax and expecting us to raise ours.”
Maryport’s mayor making was attended by Alan Barrie, deputy chairman of Cumbria County Council, Allerdale mayor Carole Armstrong, Workington mayor Andrew Lawson, and representatives of Rotary, Maryport’s Sea Cadets and Maryport Festivals.
First published at 19:20, Thursday, 17 May 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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