Thursday, 17 May 2012

Launceston Mayor Making

This afternoon was the civic highlight of the year with the annual mayor making (or mayor choosing) ceremony at the town hall. Rob Tremain was elected for a second term as mayor and Dave Gordon for a second term as his deputy. Congratulations to them both.

The event brings together the great and the good of the town including representatives from many town organisations, churches and charities. There are mayors from across East Cornwall and we were joined this year by Pat Harvey, Chairman of Cornwall Council.

As well as the usual business, there was a special award for Graeme Facks Martin, one of the longest serving councillors in Cornwall. Graeme has become an Honorary Alderman of the town, a rare accolade, for his time spent on Launceston Rural District Council, North Cornwall District Council (he was the only person to serve for the entire life of the authority), South Petherwin Parish Council and Launceston Town Council.

Rob Tremain read out a list of tributes to Graeme as well as giving a potted biography. In the 1970s when the Tories were divided between the 'wets' and the 'dries' Graeme was apparently once described as being 'positively oceanic', something he took to be a compliment. Certainly I have always found him to be a particular type of Tory and someone whose opinions, particularly on housing, I greatly value. I thank him for the reference he made in his speech to my work - even if it might not have been meant entirely favourably!

Finally there was an Award of Appreciation given to the Launceston Male Voice Choir who have raised so much for charity over the years with their concerts.

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