EARNEST promises, resounding thanks and heartfelt congratulations flowed abundantly as Skegness Town Council announced its new hierarchical structure on Thursday.
Outgoing Mayor Coun Steve Kirk handed the chains of office to Coun Mark Anderson who began his third term as leader of the council on the 21st anniversary of his first election to it.
Accepting his new role Coun Anderson said it was a ‘great honour’ and pledged to ‘do some wonderful things for the community we serve’.
Coun Phil Kemp, seconded Coun Anderson’s nomination by his predecessor and gave a lauding speech riddled with West Ham references in honour of the new Mayor’s team of choice.
“He bubbles away like a simmering pot on the stove, thinking of ideas of how he can benefit the town,” he said.
Yet more praise was directed at the departing Mayor who was hailed as a ‘champion of our town’ whose tireless enthusiasm has been a ‘strength to his fellow councillors’.
Coun Dick Edgington compared Coun Kirk to his fictional namesake Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise for ‘boldly going where no man had gone before’ and Coun Sid Dennis said his year as Mayor had been a ‘joy to behold’. Coun George Saxon congratulated him on fulfilling his duties in an apolitical manner and Coun Jeff Hames said he had set a ‘gold standard’ to future Mayors.
Remarking on his Mayoral year, Coun Kirk thanked his wife Kath for her support and exemplary fulfilment of Mayoress’s duties and said: “This has been the fastest year of my life but its also been an absolute blast and I’ve loved every second of it.”
Coun Jim Carpenter was nominated Deputy Mayor by Coun George Saxon who applauded the former Stagecoach manager’s expertise on transport and seconded by Coun Ken Milner who said he would be a ‘great asset’ to Skegness.
Accepting his new position Coun Carpenter said he never imagined being re-elected after four years yet alone appointed Deputy Mayor after sic and thanked his fellow councillors for their full support.