Outgoing Wetherby Mayor thanks town for great honour

Coun Alan Lamb receives the chains of office at his 2012 election from former mayor Coun Cindy Bentley. (1206122AM1)
Coun Alan Lamb receives the chains of office at his 2012 election from former mayor Coun Cindy Bentley. (1206122AM1)

The Mayor of Wetherby is saying goodbye to his post after two years of what he called the greatest honour of his life.

Coun Alan Lamb (Con), who is still a ward and town councillor, formally handed on the Mayoral chains of office to his successor at this month’s town council meeting.

From his first job welcoming the Olympic flame to Wetherby, to his final major event as Mayor at the annual town civic service at the Methodist Chapel, Coun Lamb said he will remember his time fondly but still has much to do.

At the meeting, before stepping down as mayor, he thanked his fellow councillors and the town hall staff.

“I wanted to thank all of you for giving me this opportunity and putting your trust in me,” he said.

“It is without doubt the greatest honour of my life to be able to carry out this service in my home town for the past two years.

“Until you work closely with the town hall staff you don’t realise what they do day after day to make our town what it is. They are the unsung heroes of Wetherby and they deserve so much praise.”

Looking to the future, Coun Lamb spoke with the Wetherby News about his plans now his term of office has come to an end.

He said: “There are still things that are to be done and on the to do list.

“It is not the sort of job where eveverything can get done, but I am happy that we have achieved a lot. I hope that I have made a positive contribution to the town in my time as mayor.

“I am still a town councillor and a ward councillor and I have got a year of my term to run in both of those positions, but I haven’t decided whether to put myself forward again. I will take some time over the summer to think about it.

“A lot of people ask me if I want to become MP and the answer is no. Never say never, but I don’t think that is something that is for me.”

Fellow east ward Coun Harry Chapman, formerly deputy mayor under Coun Lamb, was unanimously elected as his successor.

Coun Chapman thanked the councillors for putting their trust in him and thanked Coun Lamb for leaving the role in such a good state.

On the new mayor, Coun Lamb said: “We have a good tradition that the deputy mayor serves two years and then serves as mayor.

“Harry has been an outstanding deputy mayor and has been supportive of me and I have no doubt that he will be a great mayor for the town and that I will quickly be forgotten about.”

East ward Coun John Trower became deputy mayor.