New mayor achieves a hat-trick


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

COUNCILLOR John Gareth Jones has been elected Mayor of Oswestry for 2014/15.
It marks his third standing as mayor in his 29 years as a town councillor and succeeds Councillor Chris Schofield who served in 2013/14.
Councillor Cynthia Hawksley proposed the election of Cllr Jones, praising his work as president of The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and highlighting that he is the only president ever elected from a town or parish council.
Councillor Martin Bennett seconded the proposal.
He said: “He stands for the good of Oswestry in whatever he is doing.”
Councillor Peter Cherrington was named deputy mayor for the coming year
During his speech, Cllr Jones announced he will focus on supporting the Oswestry Project Group and Oswestry Senior Citizens Club throughout his year as mayor.
He also reflected on the speech he delivered when he was first elected as mayor in 1999, highlighting how trends in councils come back around, including the future of markets, CCTV and reviewing all services.
He said: “I firmly believe that Oswestry is an exciting place to be at the present time. We have a community that is prepared to engage in discussions and there are many organisations and individuals that are making significant contributions to the life of this town.
“I am particularly proud to be mayor this year as we look to the commemoration of the First World War and the international, national and local interest that is being generated.”
He thanked Cllr Chris and Val Schofield for their work as mayor and mayoress during their terms of office.

CHAIN OF OFFICE: New Oswestry Town Mayor Councillor John Gareth Jones.

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