South Molton's new mayor will promote tourism

A TRADE union representative as been appointed as South Molton s Mayor-elect for the forthcoming municipal year. Cllr Stephen White, 59, is a full time officer for Unite, as well as the current deputy mayor. He will officially take over from current Mayor

A TRADE union representative as been appointed as South Molton's Mayor-elect for the forthcoming municipal year.Cllr Stephen White, 59, is a full time officer for Unite, as well as the current deputy mayor. He will officially take over from current Mayor Cllr Stephen Lock at a mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday, May 13. Cllr White, also the chairman of the South Molton Olde English Fayre Committee, told the Gazette that he hoped that this year's fayre would help encourage more locals and visitors to the town than ever before."I hope to use my time in office to attract more tourists to the town, which will help the town's shops, and to encourage more to open."Tourism is very important to South Molton and I hope that the recent twinning with Shama in Ghana, and renewed links with Bad Bevensen in Germany, and Livarot in France, will encourage others to come."I also hope to see a re-vamp of the public toilets in the pannier market and the completion of the town hall facade."Cllr White also said that during the forthcoming municipal year, the council would be re-examining a project to upgrade the interior of the town hall's main hall and kitchen area to encourage people to be able to use the facility for weddings and conferences.Cllr White's Mayoress will be wife, Margaret, who is joint secretary of the Olde English Fayre Committee. At the same meeting, fellow town councillors voted Lynne Smallridge to be this year's deputy mayor-elect.

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