Retired teacher, councillor Martin Ratcliffe, is the new Mayor of Pocklington, taking over from retiring mayor, Coun Paul West.
Coun Ratcliffe stepped up at the recent mayor-making ceremony at Oak House. Originally from the West Riding he moved to Canal Head 20 years ago, and has been an active member of Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and The Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre, in addition to his work on the council.
In his acceptance speech he related his childhood memories of visiting Pocklington, went on to say how pleased he was that the civic year was starting with a full council, and welcomed the remaining returning councillors.
He named Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and Pocklington Scouts and Guides as his nominated charities for his year of office, and ended by entertaining the audience of locals and invited civic leaders from across East Yorkshire with a presentation that showed the arts centre’s digital capabilities and gave a preview of some of the forthcoming top multi-media performances.
The new deputy mayor is Coun David Sykes, who previously served a term as mayor in 2009, and Elder Philip Bradish will be the council’s chaplain for the coming year.
Earlier the outgoing mayor, Coun West, had outlined the highlights of his year of office, and the notable achievements of the past year, including building the workshop at the allotments, constructing the skatepark on West Green, and receiving the grant to develop the first floor of the arts centre.
He described having a “really good time and really good year” as he represented Pocklington at both local and countywide events and occasions, and thanked the numerous people who had helped and supported him, including a special mention for Pocklington Post reporter, Daniel Willers.
Coun West gave cheques for £1,800 to each of his nominated charities, Young People Count and The Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre, and presented the Mayor’s Public Service Award to John Barber, a leading light of Pocklington in Bloom and chairman of Pocklington Horticultural Society.
The ceremony was formally closed by the town crier.