Friday, 18 August 2017

Henley welcomes new Mayor

The new Mayor of Henley says she is "delighted" to take on the role after 16 years as a town councillor.

The new Mayor of Henley says she is "delighted" to take on the role after 16 years as a town councillor.

Lorraine Hillier, a Conservative councillor, was formally voted into office at the Mayor-making ceremony at the town hall today. More than 200 people watched as Councillor Hillier received the mayoral chain from outgoing Mayor Martin Akehurst.

Cllr Hillier, who runs Hot Gossip coffee shop in Friday Street and Upstairs, Downstairs tearoom in Duke Street, said: "I'd like to thank all the people who voted for me. It made my mum very proud and I know my dad would have been too.

"I'm delighted to see so many people here today and overwhelmed by the kindness shown to me."

Hot Gossip was closed from 11am to 1.15pm as staff from the cafe attended the ceremony. Cllr Hillier's charities for the year will be Oxfordshire Mind, the Teenage Wilderness Trust and Thames Valley Animal Welfare.

The new Deputy Mayor is Julian Brookes, an electrical engineer who was voted on to the town council for the first time at this month's elections.

Mr Brookes, a Conservative councillor, thanked those who voted for him and said he was looking forward to working with all of the councillors.

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