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Retiring Brigg Town Mayor John Kitwood (left) hands over the mayoral chain to new Town Mayor Coun Edward Arnott, who is pictured with the new Town Mayoress Lucy Arnott. EMN-140522-134425001

Retiring Brigg Town Mayor John Kitwood (left) hands over the mayoral chain to new Town Mayor Coun Edward Arnott, who is pictured with the new Town Mayoress Lucy Arnott. EMN-140522-134425001

Brigg’s new town mayor is Coun Edward Arnott - who at 31 years of age is the youngest mayor in the council’s recent history.

Retiring mayor Coun John Kitwood presented Coun Arnott with the civic chain of office.

His wife Lucy will be mayoress, although his mother Jane Arnott will sometimes deputise when family responsibilities with their young son Harry demand.

Coun Arnott thanked the chamber for giving him the honour of being mayor.

Coun James Truepenny was elected Deputy Mayor and the Rev Barry Leah is to be the Town Mayor’s chaplain.

“I have known Barry for a long while,” said the Mayor.

“He christened me, officiated at our wedding and also christened my son Harry.”

“He will be assisted at times by Coun the Rev Alec Depledge.”

And in a new initiative, Coun Arnott is creating a charities fund to assist young people in the town in developing their sporting opportunities.

“Money that is raised through the Town Mayor’s appeal will be put in a pot and at the end of the year young people will be able to apply for funding from it.”

Looking forward to seeing the town develop in the next 12 months, the Mayor said council would be marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, particularly at Remembrancetide in November.

The council is also embarking on the production of a neighbourhood plan.

Born in Grimsby and brought up in Goxhill, Coun Arnott is a former student of Sir John Nelthorpe School.

He obtained a degree in bio-chemistry at the University of Essex, based at Colchester, before coming back to North Lincolnshire to work.

He moved to live in Brigg in 2006 and works in Scunthorpe at Tata Steel as a Technical Operations Manager.

 

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