Mayor Maurice takes up office

Bexhill mayor making 2015. Photo by Margaret Garcia.'The New Mayor Maurice Watson SUS-150529-072947001
Bexhill mayor making 2015. Photo by Margaret Garcia.'The New Mayor Maurice Watson SUS-150529-072947001
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Sidley’s Maurice Watson is the new mayor of Bexhill.

Mr Watson (pictured) was voted in as the new town mayor by the Bexhill Charter Trustees at the annual mayor-making ceremony last Thursday night (May 28).

Cllr Watson, who sits as a councillor for the Bexhill Sidley Ward of Rother District Council, said: “I’m proud that I know have been chosen to be mayor and during my term of office I’m determined to do my best for the citizens of Bexhill.”

Simon Elford was elected as deputy mayor.

This year’s mayor-making ceremony had threatened to be overshadowed after the man expected to be Bexhill’s next mayor claimed he was asked to consider standing down from the race.

In March, it was agreed that deputy mayor Stuart Earl would take on the mayoral role for 2015/16 with Simon Elford as deputy.

This would have followed the tradition of the deputy mayor taking over from the mayor the following year.

But Mr Watson was later nominated as an alternative candidate. The newly-elected mayor told the Observer: “The vote was taken again by all the new trustees and old trustees and the result was that I was elected.

“It was democratically done.”

During the mayor-making event, outgoing mayor Brian Kentfield handed over a cheque for £5,090.60 to Carl Henningway, Explorer Scout at 1st Little Common, and Lee Furlong, Deputy District Commissioner of Senlac District Scouts.

During his time in office, Cllr Kentfield has been working towards the £100,000 needed for a new scout hall at Kiteye Campsite.

He previous said his aim was for this to: “Become a reality and provide a legacy for hundreds of young people across Bexhill for many years to come.”

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