Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

New mayor formally introduced in Bideford

09:55 06 June 2014

Mayor Mervyn Langmead and mayoress Gill Langmead

Mayor Mervyn Langmead and mayoress Gill Langmead

Archant

Cllr Mervyn Langmead promises to ‘make Bideford an even better place to live’.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Simon Inch shakes hands with new mayor Cllr Mervyn Langmead. Pic: Graham HobbsOutgoing mayor Cllr Simon Inch shakes hands with new mayor Cllr Mervyn Langmead. Pic: Graham Hobbs

BIDEFORD formally welcomed its new mayor to the chair yesterday (Thursday) as dozens of people packed into the town hall.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead was elected unanimously into the position on May 15, taking the reins from Cllr Simon Inch, who has been mayor for the past two years.

Speaking to a packed town hall and reflecting on his two years in office, Cllr Inch wished his successor all the best.

He said: “The time has finally come, after two busy years, for me to hang up my red coat, rather like a tired Father Christmas on Boxing Day.

“My advice to you, Councillor Langmead, is to keep an eye on your diary, a hand on your chains, your mind on the job, and to keep a smile on your face.”

Cllr Inch paid tribute to his mayoress, Lorraine Inch, presenting her with a bunch of flowers and calling her an ‘asset to me and to the town’.

He also handed over a cheque for £1,600 to his chosen mayor’s charity, the Macular Degeneration Society.

Receiving the chains of office, Cllr Langmead said it was a ‘great honour’ to take up the position in the town he had grown up in.

“Whatever I have done, I have done with utmost vigour and I have given it 110 per cent, as I will do during my time as mayor,” he said.

“I am not one to hold a grudge, I never have been and I never will be.”

Cllr Langmead paid tribute to his mayoress and wife of 45 years, Gill, and said his chosen mayoral charities would be the South West branch of the Dementia Society and Dr Buckland’s Children’s Holiday Foundation.

He also said he was looking forward to tidying up the town’s benches and bollards on the Quay, and witnessing developments such as Brunswick Wharf and the Port Memorial.

“I promise I will strive to make Bideford, if it’s possible, an even better place to live,” he added.

After the ceremony the party retired to the Royal Hotel in East-the-Water.

Click the gallery on the right of the page to see photos from the mayor’s parade on Sunday.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:25
The Singing for Fun group meet in the hall alongside St Margarets church in Topsham every Tuesday 11am till 1pm and new members are welcome. Ref ext 21-16SH 6109. Picture: Simon Horn.

Video and Picture

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00
The pool in Westward Ho! Picture: Andy Keeble

The Government has announced a new round of funding for coastal communities and councils, businesses and charities can apply.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:51
There is currently a power cut in areas of Barnstaple.

Western Power Distribution confirms some areas of the town are experiencing a power outage this morning (Tuesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
55 homes are planned for this field at South Park in Braunton

Braunton homes proposal will be discussed at a public meeting on June 1

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
The model railway show last year in Bideford Pannier Market. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Loads of layouts promised at model railway show in Bideford held in aid of North Devon charity Amigos.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:18
The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howells

The ‘haunted house’ in Merley Road, Westward Ho! will be going up for auction tomorrow (Wednesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Brian Hogg is getting ready for the Coddon Hill challenge.

Bishops Tawton man is rallying support to help fill Codden Hill for a North Devon cancer charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Bideford Bike Show. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Around 2,000 bikers are set to flood Bideford Quay this weekend - as well as music, stalls and a raffle all in aid of charity.

Read more
Mon, 16:50
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Northam man, 67, receives long driving ban after his third drink driving conviction in 10 years.

Read more
Mon, 14:55
Braunton Co-Op store (left).

Barnstaple man, 28, admitted twice walking into shop and leaving without paying for meat.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: -0°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications