BARNSTAPLE S history-making mayor, Sue Haywood handed over her chain of office at the town s official mayor-making ceremony on Monday. The former mayor has just finished two consecutive terms in the Town Council chairman s seat the first woman mayor eve

BARNSTAPLE'S history-making mayor, Sue Haywood handed over her chain of office at the town's official mayor-making ceremony on Monday.The former mayor has just finished two consecutive terms in the Town Council chairman's seat - the first woman mayor ever to do so in the town's history."It's been a hectic few years and the last two as mayor have been particularly busy," Cllr Haywood told the Gazette."I would say that I have represented the town at an event nearly every week for the last two years.""I haven't been on holiday since 2006 and am looking forward to going to Malta in June."Cllr Haywood, who remains a town councillor, as well as a North Devon District councillor, said it had been a real privilege to have been able to raise nearly £10,000 for special needs children at Pathfields and Greenfields, her chosen mayoral charities."There have been a number of highlights that I'll never forget: the opening of the new bridge last year was a special moment, as was the recent signing of a twinning agreement with the Italian town of Susa."And to help Cllr Haywood to remember the last two years, North Devon Gazette photographers have put together a special disk featuring nearly 200 pictures documenting her time in office.On Thursday, the Gazette presented Cllr Haywood with a framed picture taken at the official opening of the Rock Park children's play area, last October."It's lovely, thank you very much," she said."We're just redecorating our living room and this will definitely go up on the wall when it's finished."n WHEN husband Chris steps down as Devon County Council vice-chairman tomorrow (Thursday), it will mark the end of eight remarkable years in civic office for the long-standing councillor couple.From May 2000 to 2002, Chris was vice-chairman of North Devon District Council. The following two years, he served as Mayor of Barnstaple, and was elected chairman of the district council for 2005 to 2006.