July 23 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The new civic head of Ipswich has been officially appointed at a mayor-making ceremony.
Councillor Bill Quinton was chosen by all 48 members of Ipswich Borough Council at a full meeting last night.
Mr Quinton held the post 26 years ago in 1988-1989, and since then has held a number of senior council posts including chairman of the planning and development committee.
His wife Barbara will be the new Mayoress, while last year’s mayor councillor Hamil Clarke became deputy mayor.
Mr Quinton has chosen three charities to support during his term of office – Suffolk Family Carers, the RSPCA and the Alzheimers Society – with a theme of “Caring and Sharing”.
He told the meeting: “It is both a great honour and a privilege to serve Ipswich as Mayor and Mayoress and we are both looking forward to the year ahead and meeting many people from all walks of life.
“There are many unsung heroes working hard in our town without thanks or recognition. We hope during the year to remedy some of this.
“I would like to thank you for the confidence you have shown in me. It makes me feel humble but determined to do the very best for the people of Ipswich.”