Councillor Dermot McGeough received a resounding show of support at Bideford Town Council, to take the position of mayor.

New Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough, with outgoing mayor David Howell. Picture: Sarah Howells.New Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough, with outgoing mayor David Howell. Picture: Sarah Howells.

Bideford’s new mayor was unanimously elected into the chair last night (Thursday).

Councillor Dermot McGeough, who has been deputy mayor for the last 12 months, was nominated by his predecessor, Councillor David Howell.

He received a resounding show of support from Bideford Town Council, including from the one person who voted against his election as deputy last year.

Cllr Howell said: “He has been an excellent deputy, and shown his keenness and enthusiasm to the council.”

New Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough. Picture: Sarah Howells.New Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough. Picture: Sarah Howells.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead added: “I’d like to second this motion, especially as 12 months ago I was the only one who voted against him in this chamber.”

Cllr McGeough said: “This is a very proud moment for me.

“I give you the challenge for this year, to give me a lot of grief to improve our town and put it back on the map.”

Cllr Doug Bushby was also unanimously voted into the position as deputy.