New mayor so proud to be first citizen of town he loves

FELIXSTOWE: New mayor Jon Garfield cannot wait to step into his new role as first citizen of the adopted town he loves.

Town councillor Mr Garfield, 77, will tonight become the new mayor of Felixstowe at the annual ceremony at the Town Hall, taking over from Angel Goodwin.

Midlands-born Mr Garfield, who spent most of his working life as an engineer and ended it as a convenience store owner, is excited about the year ahead.

“I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

“We have had a little taste as deputy mayor and mayoress and now we want to do our very best to represent Felixstowe.

“I don’t think there should be ‘politics’ in local politics – what’s good for Felixstowe is good for me. It will be an important year on several issues with a new Government coming in.

“We could see a complete change on the Local Development Framework housing issue.

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“I believe it should be needs-driven and we should not be involved in speculative building, only providing homes in places they are actually needed.”

Mr Garfield will have his wife Jan, 67, also a town councillor, alongside him as mayoress.

The couple, of Rogers Close, Walton, moved to the resort in 2002 to be near family in Ipswich – they have two children and four grandchildren.

“I love Felixstowe and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – and I wish I had found it years ago,” he said. “I love the sea and try to walk the seafront every day, and to have such wonderful countryside, too, on your doorstep is a bonus.”

Doreen Savage will take up the post of deputy mayor.

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