Gran's delight in becoming town's mayor

A GRANDMOTHER who loves the town she has lived in for 20 years has been chosen to serve the community as its mayor.Josephine Lea, 69, from the High Street in Needham Market, is honoured to have been selected to represent the community.

A GRANDMOTHER who loves the town she has lived in for 20 years has been chosen to serve the community as its mayor.

Josephine Lea, 69, from the High Street in Needham Market, is honoured to have been selected to represent the community.

Mrs Lea, who is married to Frank and has three sons and six grandchildren, said: “This is a fantastic little town and it is so important to retain everything that is good about it.

“We have a lot of development coming so it is important to make sure it enhances the quality of all our lives and does not detract from it.”

During her year in office Mrs Lea intends to raise funds for new play equipment for youngsters and for the women's section of the Royal British Legion, an organisation she cherishes.

Mrs Lea, who served as the town clerk for 19 years before being elected a town councillor after retiring, was elected within the last few weeks.

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