The coming mayoral year will be a time for Marlborough’s councillors to work together as a team to celebrate the success of the town.
That was the significant message from 59-year-old Councillor Guy Loosmore when he was voted to be Marlborough’s next mayor to be at Monday’s meeting of the town council, chaired by Edwina Fogg, the present mayor.
Currently the deputy mayor, Councillor Loosmore has served on the council for the past six years, playing a major role in refurbishing the town hall, in promoting the arts and, in particular, as events organiser for Marlborough’s international jazz festival.
Referring to the forthcoming Wiltshire and Marlborough council elections in May, he told the meeting: “We have a lot of things on our plate and exciting things happening in the town in the next year.”
“The next 12 to 18 months is going to be an extremely exciting time. I look forward to whomever is elected on to the council and celebrating Marlborough as a town, which is what I very much want to do.”
And Councillor Loosmore, a resident since 1987 and father of four sons, added: “I will look to you all to work as a team, because that is what it is about, to make things happen and to celebrate it.”
Marlborough’s deputy mayor for the forthcoming year will Councillor Marian Hannaford-Dobson, who came to town with her late husband, David, in 1979, and ran a successful nursery school.
She was subsequently elected to the town council in 2000 and has also served Marlborough as a Kennet district councillor and as a Wiltshire council.
“With her great experience and love of the town I consider she will make an excellent deputy mayor,” said Tory Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton nominating her for the post.