HENLEY’S new Mayor says he is “proud and honoured” to take on the role.
About 100 people watched on as Julian Brookes, a Conservative councillor, was formally voted into office at the annual Mayor making ceremony today (Monday).
He was handed the mayoral chain by outgoing Mayor Lorraine Hillier after being nominated by councillor Dylan Thomas and seconded by Helen Chandler-Wilde.
Councillor Brookes, an electrical engineer who was voted on to the town council for the first time at last year’s election, said he will focus on young people, sport and the promotion of Henley.
“May I say how proud and honoured I am to represent you as mayor for the next twelve months,” he said.
“There have been many great mayors before me and some with big shoes to fill but you can be sure I will represent Henley in a manor befitting of this very special town.”
Councillor Brookes will support Henley YMCA, as one of his charities for the year but he is yet to decide the others.
He also thanked his predecessor for her hard work in the last year.
The new deputy mayor will be Councillor Will Hamilton, who runs his own marketing business.
He thanked his fellow councillors for nominating him to the role and described Henley as “the jewel in South Oxfordshire’s Crown”.