Rasen mayor back for another year

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Town mayor John Matthews was unopposed in his bid to retain the mayoralty of Market Rasen.

His deputy Martin Harvey was also similarly returned.

Starting the meeting, Mayor Matthews said the past 53 weeks as mayor had been busy, but an “absolute pleasure” and he thanked fellow councillors for their support.

His deputy Martin Harvey had given “good counsel” and Coun Steve Bunney had given “tremendous support on finance and HR issues”.

Acting town clerk Betty Gash was praised for working “extremely hard”.

Mayor Matthews said his wife Jane had given him “immense support as mayoress”n

The first meeting of Market Rasen Town Council since the May 7 elections also saw the co-option of former town councillor Natasha Travis.

There are now three vacancies to fill on the 12-member town council.The council has until June 15 to co-opt other members, otherwise it may have to stage an election.

Mayor Matthews said someone has come forward to join the town council, but checks have to be made on his eligibility since he is an American citizen.The town council has begun advertising the vacancies.