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No. 147 - Wednesday, 16th May 2007
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Derek Bedford is the New Mayor
by Tina Jones
Derek Bedford was invested as the new Mayor of Ross-on-Wye
on Monday at an extremely well attended Mayor Making ceremony,
which was held at the Larruperz Centre. Once the new Town
Council members had entered the hall, Town Clerk, Mrs. Denise
Mason invited everybody to be seated and announced Councillor
Bedford as the Mayor Elect. Councillor Phil Cutter, Mayor
of Ross for 2006 / 2007 then invested Mr. Bedford as the
new Mayor, who then signed the Declaration of Acceptance,
promising to serve the people of Ross-on-Wye well.
Councillor Bedford performed his first duty as Mayor by
asking the Reverend John Hunnisett to pray, the present
members of Ross Town Council were invited to introduce themselves
to the public. All Councillors thanked the public for their
support in the recent election.
new Mayor then announced his wife, Mrs. Meryl Bedford as
his Mayoress, who was given her Chain of Office by the former
Mayoress, Mrs. Christine Cutter. Councillor Phil Cutter
then addressed the meeting.
. . .
Councillor Derek Bedford is invested as Mayor by Councillor Phil
Cutter and Town Clerk, Denise Mason. Ref: DSC_0513
Cutter firstly thanked all councillors who were in office
last year for their work. He welcomed the new councillors
and gave his comiserations to those who were voted out of
office this year. He then thanked everybody else for their
support including Denise Mason, the town clerk and her assistant
Eva Bichsel, the council's handyman, Mr. Les Downing, the
cleaners and caterers and a special thank you went to Rex
and June Swallow, who run the weather station in Ross, vigilantly
recording the weather and forwarding the data to the Met.
Office. Their work has brought Ross-on-Wye national recognition.
Cutter presented bouquets of flowers to outgoing Mayoress,
Christine Cutter, Denise Mason, Eva Bichsel and Mrs Meryl
Bedford the new Mayoress and then made a presentation to
the Mayor's Sea Cadets, thanking them for their support.
He also presented a cheque to his chosen charity, The Community
Hospital League of Friends.
footage of the new Mayor, Councillor Derek Bedford's inaugural
speech can be watched in full, as can the rest of the Mayor
Making Ceremony on the next page.
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Councillor Phil Cutter presented flowers to Town Clerk, Denise Mason,
Assistant, Eva Bichsel . . . Ref: DSC_0521
. . . and last year's Mayoress, Christine Cutter Ref: DSC_0525
A surprise Civic Award for myself and tears from Tina. Sorry Harry
- wrong lens. This is not my favourite photo.
Cutter then reminded everybody of last year's Mayor Making
at which he announced his intention to introduce a Mayor's
Civic Award to be given to somebody whom it was felt gave
a lot to the town in some way or another, in recognition
of their service.
was poised with pen at the ready to write down the lucky
recipient's name, when Councillor Cutter announced: '...and
I'm going to give this award to Alan Wood!'.
must say that I wish I'd had a camera to photograph Alan's
face at that very second, however, I did not and upon being
asked to join Alan at the front of the meeting, I felt tears
of pride running down my face. Pride in the fact that all
the hard work he puts into trying to promote Ross-on-Wye,
day in, day out, for hours on end has been recognized and
I would like to thank those who chose Alan to receive this
award and to all who have given us their support. We will
continue to serve Ross-on-Wye to the best of our ability
and thank you once again for your special award, for which
we are both very grateful.
Councillor John Davies is the new Deputy Mayor. Ref: DSC_0540
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