Cllr Mark Cooper was sworn in as Marlborough’s 711th mayor at the Mayor Making ceremony in the Town Hall on Monday May 17 in front of an audience of councillors. Members of the public were able to watch the ceremony on a live stream. Cllr Lisa Farrell was sworn in as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Cooper, who has also been town mayor for the past year, was proposed by Cllr Barrett-Morton who thanked Cllr Cooper for his hard work over the past year. He said, “The pandemic has severely limited his civic duties.”
Seconding the proposal, Cllr Fogg said, “These are crazy times and you’ve led us through them brilliantly. You’ve maintained the appalling Zoom meetings and there is great anticipation for the year to come.”
Cllr Cooper said, “I am deeply honoured and humbled by your support. To be mayor is the greatest honour and I will always do my best to represent and to serve the communities of Marlborough and Manton.”
Cllr Cooper thanked retiring Deputy Mayor, Andy Wilson, and all those who had supported him over the past year: Marlborough Town Council staff, Town Clerks, councillors, his family, partner and his employer – St John’s School. He also thanked the councillors who are retiring this year from the Town Council – Peggy Dow, Peter Cairns, Susie Price, Andy Wilson, Alexander Kirk Wilson. And from Wiltshire Council – Stuart Dobson and Nick Fogg.
Commenting on his year in office he said, “I would also like to thank the people of Marlborough and Manton who have come together as volunteers to support those in need during the pandemic. My focus has been on getting the community through Covid as best as we can. I’m looking forward to the new year and hope we can be a happy, non-political, progressive council. Marlborough is a great place to grow up in and to live in.”
Cllr Cooper also announced the Mayoral charities for the year – The Friends of Savernake Hospital, Marlborough Poverty Action Group and Motor Neurone Disease.
Cllr Lisa Farrell was proposed as Deputy Mayor by Cllr Hall and seconded by Cllr Mark Cooper. Both Cllr Cooper and Cllr Farrell signed the Declaration of Office.
Cllr Fogg giving the vote of thanks said, “You’ve maintained a dignity and personal commitment which has been an example to everyone. Thank you – you come from a tradition of people who have given service to this town.”
He ended with a sentiment we can all echo, “We hope this will be a better year.”