Cllr Daniel Thomas becomes Mayor

We are very pleased to announce that Councillor Daniel Thomas was elected Mayor of Much Wenlock at the Council meeting held on 7thMay 2020.   He was proposed by Cllr Milner Whiteman and seconded by Cllr Natalie Park, with a unanimous vote in favour of his election.  Cllr Thomas has become the youngest ever Much Wenlock Town Councillor to serve as Mayor.

Owing to the current restrictions connected with Coronavirus, the Council was not able to meet in person and, in a first for the town, the election took place remotely, via video conference.  The usual ceremony of Mayor Making was not possible, but the new Mayor was able to don the mayoral chain for the occasion.

A vote of thanks was taken for the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Bert Harper, acknowledging his achievements and hard work during his term of office.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr Thomas thanked his fellow Councillors for placing their trust in him by electing him as Mayor for the coming year.  He thanked his very supportive family and friends and, in particular, his wife, Sara.  Cllr Thomas was born and brought up in Much Wenlock and expressed the pride and honour he felt in being able to serve, as Mayor, the community he loves.

Cllr Thomas observed how the strength of the community had been clearly demonstrated during the difficulties associated with the current pandemic.  It had been heartening to see the way residents and businesses in Much Wenlock had responded to the crisis and the contribution made by the Much Wenlock Mutual Aid Group, in which he and his wife were involved.

It was truly an honour to serve such a wonderful community and the new Mayor was looking forward to the challenge.

At the same meeting, Councillor Mary Hill was unanimously elected as Deputy Mayor, having been proposed by Cllr Duncan White and seconded by Cllr Yvonne Holyoak.  Reference was made to Cllr Hill’s long service as a Town Councillor, her significant experience and her ability to support the new Mayor during his term of office.

Reverend Matthew Stafford was appointed as Mayor’s Chaplain for the year.