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New mayor carries on a family tradition

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

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MARAZION's new mayor has been formally chosen.

Councillor Derek Laity, who previously served as deputy mayor, stepped up to the position in an official ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Martin Britten was chosen as the town's deputy mayor.

Mr Laity is the third generation of his family to serve as leader of Marazion Town Council.

His grandfather Charlie was chairman in 1943, 1947, 1955, 1966 and 1967.

Mr Laity's father Charlie was mayor in 1983 and 1999.

He said: "It is a great honour and privilege to be chosen as mayor to carry on the family tradition.

"We have new challenges as a council ahead of us but I know we can deal with those challenges and changes while still preserving what is special about Marazion.

"The strength in our council is that councillors may have different ideas about how to go about it but we all want what is best for the town and they all work hard to achieve it."

In her annual report, former mayor Bernie Wills said the town was busy with three events last year including the Olympic Torch relay, the Diamond Jubilee weekend and the Festival of Sport.

Ms Wills, who stood down ahead of last month's local elections because she had moved to Hayle and was no longer eligible to stand, said she had thoroughly enjoyed her time as a councillor and thanked her fellow councillors, the town clerks and members of the public.

She said: "Cornwall Council's priorities seem to be constantly changing and I feel as a local council we shall continue to face challenging times ahead, especially with the recent issues around the devolution of public conveniences.

"Limited information has left the council confused and frustrated with the current situation but we endeavour to support potential ideas to resolve this in the very near future."

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