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Lyme Regis: Sally Holman re-elected to mayoral position
MAYOR Sally Holman hailed a remarkable summer for Lyme Regis when she was re-elected as the town’s first citizen.
She was presented with the chains of office for the second consecutive year at a mayor making ceremony in the Guildhall.
Coun Holman thanked Coun Barbara Austin for nominating her but also paid tribute to staff, fellow councillors and residents for their support over the past year.
Coun Holman spoke of the successful recent visit by the Silver Explorer cruise ship and HMS Edinburgh as the town faced a packed summer season.
She said: “The mayor making tradition has been going for hundreds of years.
“I thank Barbara Austin for her very kind remarks and I hope that you will be as proud of me at the end of the year as you have stated that you are now.”
Coun Holman said the visit of the Silver Explorer and HMS Edinburgh was a red letter day and was optimistic that there will be more visits by passenger liners.
Coun Holman also picked out various highlights from her term in office.
They included LymeNet securing funding, the opening and renaming of the Marine Parade and Jubilee shelters, the success of the Corinthians rowers and the football club.
Coun Holman added: “The best news has been that the money has been confirmed for phase four of the coastal protection scheme.
“Without that Lyme would have had a very grim future.”
She praised the team of engineers at West Dorset District Council who worked very hard to secure it at the 11th hour.
Coun Anita Williams was elected as deputy mayor. There were also toasts and responses to the Queen, the Mayor, town council, officers and staff, the town of Lyme Regis and press and media.
Speakers included Coun Holman, Coun Mark Gage, Coun Barbara Austin, town crier Alan Vian, Coun Anita Williams, town clerk Michael Lewis, teacher James Thomas, Coun Chris Clipson, Keith Vivian and Richard Horobin.