Arresting moment for retired police sergeant.

THE new Mayor of Northam Cllr Barry Mason said becoming mayor was one of the proudest moments of his life.

The retired police sergeant, originally from the West Midlands, took over from Cllr Jane Whitaker at a ceremony on Wednesday night.

He said: “I know that my father and mother would have been the proudest parents around at this time, if they were still with us.

“I hope that I can continue to hold the esteem of the many previous mayors who have worn this chain in days gone by.

“I will do my very best to serve the residents of Northam, Appledore, Orchard Hill and Westward Ho!”

Cllr Mason is a former residents’ association chairman and has been a parish councillor for the last two years after moving to the area eight years ago.

His mayoral charity will be Doctor Robin Buckland’s Children’s Foundation.