Barnstaple’s outgoing mayor has described the handover to her successor as a ‘brilliant evening’.
Councillor Julie Hunt has spent two years as mayor of the town but last night (Thursday) she formally handed over the reins to new mayor for 2018-19 Cllr Ian Roome.
The town council ceremony at the Guildhall was held before a full audience of invited guests, which included the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon.
Mrs Hunt said: “Although I am sad that my term is coming to an end, I am very pleased and proud of what I have achieved.
“Over the past two years I have attended 297 official engagements, as well as many unofficial attendances at meetings and events – far too many to count.”
The mayor’s chosen charities for the previous year of ChemoHero, Clarity and the North Devon cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal were all presented with around £4,000 each after more than £12,000 was raised in the past year alone.
Reflecting on the past 12 months, Mrs Hunt said her highlight had to be the visit to Barnstaple of their Royal highnesses the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.
She said: “It was a proud moment for me as we showed off the best our town has to offer, and it was clear to me that their highnesses were very taken with our heritage and the warm welcome they received.”
She also mentioned the successful Civil War week, which culminated in a pitched re-enactment battle at Rock Park, plus Barnstaple Fair and travelling to Uelzen in Germany for the 50th anniversary twinning celebrations.
She thanked all who had supported her during the past two years including councillors, council staff and her husband David for all his support and encouragement.
In a first for the town council, Mrs Hunt appointed two very special mayors - Lily-Rose Parry as mayor of Pathfield School and Thomas as mayor of Silver Hill Lodge.
The presentation of cups for the year saw ChemoHero founder Lisa Wallis presented with the Town Cup for her tireless work for the charity despite her own cancer battle.
Dave Squires of the Army Cadet Force was awarded the Kernow Cup for his work with young people.
Maria Rose received the Youth Cup for her inspirational work overcoming mental health issues and opening her vegan café Purity Petal.
The McDonald’s Environment Cup went to Pilton Scouts.