A deeply upsetting event: Good luck to new Mayor

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As a former Chesterfield Borough Councillor I have supported and fundraised for previous Mayors regardless of their political allegiance.

On May 8th I was invited to attend the annual ceremony to duly elect the incoming Mayor of Chesterfield, and to pass a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.

The speeches as always were humorous yet touching, often revealing little known facts most of the people gathered did not know.

Then came the vote. Normally, the show of hands is unanimous from all sides of the chamber.

This year, however, it was different. For whatever reason one party decided not to vote in favour of the new Mayor.

Politics aside, it was deeply upsetting to witness this event, as The Mayor had been a colleague of many people there for a number of years.

As the first citizen of Chesterfield and holding the highest office in the Council, the position of Mayor has always been non-political and this is a well known fact.

As stated in your newspaper, the Mayor of Chesterfield has chosen as his theme, one of challenges.

A most appropriate of choices for today’s society.

May I wish both the Mayor and Mayoress the very best for their Mayoral year.

Mrs Alison Galloway

Brimington Common