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697th Mayor Elected

Councillor Elizabeth Wardlaw has become the 697th Mayor of Congleton. Around 100 people witnessed the Mayor Making ceremony at the Town Hall on May 21st.  Cllr Wardlaw said she was very privileged to accept the ancient office of Town Mayor.  Cllr David Brown was elected as Deputy Town Mayor and both will serve for a year.

The new Mayor announced that her husband Bruce Wardlaw will be her Consort and fifteen year old Charlotte Frost from Congleton’s St John Ambulance will be the new Mayor’s Cadet, supporting the Town Mayor in many of her public engagements.

Cllr Wardlaw grew up in Congleton, attending Mossley Primary School and Congleton secondary school before training as a nurse at Macclesfield hospital. She still works as a practice nurse at Meadowside Surgery in Congleton and is extremely keen to promote the health and well-being of residents during her term in office.

Elizabeth is no stranger to local politics, serving as a Conservative Councillor on the former Congleton Borough Council from 2005-2009 and as a Town Councillor from 2011. She was re-elected to the Town Council on May 7th.

Cllr Wardlaw said she felt “privileged” to be elected by her fellow councillors to be Mayor of a community that works so well together. Adding: “Congleton is a lovely town in which to work and live and I am looking forward to representing local people and businesses during my year in office.”

It is traditional for the Mayor to raise funds during their term in office. The Congleton Mayor’s Charities for 2015/16 will be; the Alzheimer’s Society, the Royal British Legion- Congleton Branch and the Autism Society.
Tribute was paid to former Mayor Denis Murphy, his Mayoress Joan Myatt and Cadet Nathan Beard for the enthusiasm, commitment and manner in which they had served for the past year. Mayor Murphy attended just over 200 engagements and his 14 year old cadet accompanied him on 60 of those engagements.
Anyone wishing to invite Congleton Town Mayor to join them should contact Linda Minshull at Congleton Town Council on 01260 270350