Weston-Super-Mare Has A New Mayor

PUBLISHED: 15:39 02 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:13 20 February 2013

Weston-Super-Mare Has A New Mayor

Weston-Super-Mare Has A New Mayor

Thursday 20th May saw the inauguration of the new Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Councillor Philip Judd.

Thursday 20th May saw the inauguration of the new Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Councillor Philip Judd.

The Mayor making Guests were catered for after the ceremony by the students at Weston College, where the food service and entertainment supplied by the students was excellent.

Read on for an abridged version of the new Mayor's speech.

"Deputy Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chairman of North Somerset Council, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and gentlemen.

It gives me great pleasure to accept the honour which has been bestowed on me today and I would like to thank the Town Council for my Election.

I consider it a privilege to have been elected Mayor of Weston-super-Mare. I look forward to representing the residents and the Town Council, for the ensuing year, and assure you that I will do so to the utmost of my ability and with the dignity and integrity that the position demands.

Thank you Cllr Mrs Priestman for the manner in which you proposed the toast and you ladies and gentlemen for the way you accepted it.

I would also like to offer my thanks to:

My Chaplain Rev Keith Hallett, To the Town Clerk and Staff for their continued support of the Mayors office, and everyone else who has been involved with making today a success and especially the College for, once again, providing such excellent food, facilities and entertainment.

As I previously stated I consider it a privilege to have been elected as Town Mayor for the ensuing year and I thank my peers at the Town Council for affording me that honour.

Exciting things are happening in the town at the moment, some of which the Town Council has instigated and others for which, we are very grateful for the investment and foresight of others.

The seafront enhancement which North Somerset Council instigated will not only help to prevent flooding and storm damage in the future, but is also being completed to a high standard and promises to bring Weston seafront firmly into the 21st century, we also owe a debt of gratitude to Kerry and Michelle Micheal for their swift response and investment to the rebuilding of the Grand Pier which, when it opens in July, will be a major attraction not only for Weston, but for the South West as a whole, and we have the Wheel back this year on an extended lease which also helps to put Weston on the map.

For our part the Town Council is looking forward to opening the childrens play area and Water Park on the seafront which is also scheduled to open early in July.

We have some major events such as the Community Show on the Beach Lawns on 26th and 27th June, plus other Flower Shows, Car Shows, and Charity activities, all of which Wendy and I will endeavour to support.

I stated some time ago that I wanted the Mayoral theme this year to be based around supporting our Armed Forces. To start this theme we will be launching Heroes Welcome. This scheme, which started in Scarborough, 2 years ago enables serving personnel and their families to obtain discounts and benefits from participating businesses, the scheme is being launched at Midday on 19th June at the Italian Gardens in the Town Centre, and I am very grateful to the Business Community, Hotels & Restaurants Association and the Town centre Management Company for their support and sponsorship for this, and also the RAFA Band who will be playing Between 11.00am and 1.00pm on that day to help with the launch and to advertise the second and main event towards supporting our Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Day, weekend event, which will be on the Beach Lawns On Sat 26th & Sun 27th June is a weekend of displays and activities by Cadets and Serving Members, with a Big Band Dance organised by the Royal British Legion, in the Winter Gardens on Saturday Night.

There will be more information released about this weekend shortly.

For those who dont know the origins of this, Plans for the first ever national Armed Forces Day to honour our Service personnel past, present and future were announced on 22nd January 2009 by the Veterans Minister.

This first National, annual event took place on 27th June 2009, at Chatham Dockyard. 2010 will see the first occasion of, what I hope will become an annual event in this Town.

There will hopefully be other activities during the year which will be notified later.

There are two Mayors Charities this year......

To tell you about the first of these I am delighted to introduce to you, Mr Mark Ellis who has agreed to talk a little more about the work of FRIEND. Mark is the Manager of this organisation which is a Community Mental Health Resource Centre based in Oxford Street Weston-super-Mare and also at 69 Old Street, Clevedon.


Eternal Father, Strong to Save", is a hymn often associated with the Royal Navy, but perhaps in reading or singing the Lyrics especially those in the last line of the verses For those in Peril on the Sea, we might recognise them as the national Hymn of the second of the chosen charities this year.

As a seaside resort on one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world, we could not exclude the organisation that the phrase is all about. I do of course refer to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and to tell you some more about their work in Weston-Super-Mare, I would like to introduce you to Mr Peter Elmont and Mr John Preece both of whom are attached to the Weston Boat.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I commend these organisations to you and hope you will support me in helping them during the coming year".

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