Thursday, 20 May 2010

Lanson Mayor Making

Congratulations to Paul O'Brien on being chosen to be Launceston's Mayor for the second year in a row, and also to Rob Tremain who will remain as Deputy Mayor (and town crier!). I know that both will continue to do a great job to represent the town.

Also today, Olver Harris was made an Honoured Burgess of the town. Nowadays, this is a ceremonial position but it is fitting reward for more than 60 years of service to the communities of Lewannick and Launceston. In his speech, Olver told of how he started in local politics. He was kicking a ball around one day when the chairman of Lewannick Parish Council came out of the building where a meeting was being held and said they were inquorate and would he mind signing a piece of paper and sitting at the back of the meeting for an hour. During the meeting, Olver got fed up with one discussion and told the councillors they were getting it wrong. They invited him to share his thoughts and, before he knew it, he was hooked. Sixty years later and he is still involved.

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