New Town Mayor Elected
At Congleton Town Council Meeting on Thursday 12 January the Councillors elected Cllr Douglas Parker to serve as Town Mayor for the remainder of the Civic Year, following the death of the Town Mayor, Cllr David Martin in December.
Cllr Parker said: “These last few weeks have been a very sad time with David being taken away from Pat and family. He is also a great loss to this town and its Council. David was very well thought of and has left a great void in this community which will be very difficult to fill. I never thought I would become the Town Mayor again and was resigned to becoming what some would call a back bencher. But after talking to Pat Martin, David’s wife and Mayoress, I felt that I would like to try and complete his journey. I will endeavour to do my best for the people of Congleton and try to keep up the standards that David set. I am delighted to say that Pat Martin and my wife Hilary Parker are going to share the role of Mayoress for the duration of the Civic Year.”
Cllr Parker is a very experienced Mayor and Councillor having served on the former Congleton Borough Council for seven years and Congleton Town Council for 20 years. He was Congleton Borough Mayor in 2003/4 and has been Congleton Town Mayor three times (1993/4, 1999/2000 and 2007/2008). He is perhaps best known for his tireless work to raise funds for Congleton House in Romania, a charity Cllr Parker set up in 2004.
Cllr Douglas Parker will continue to support David Martin’s chosen charities – East Cheshire Hospice, the Stroke Unit at Macclesfield Hospital and Help the Heroes – Mercian Regiment.