Kay keeps it local

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A POCKLINGTON councillor has been named as the new Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Councillor Kay West will serve in the position until May 2012 and takes over from Market Weighton’s David Rudd.

Councillor West, who has run a small bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Pocklington for the past 24 years, is looking forward to juggling daily life with her new commitments as chairman.

She said: ‘‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone and being a good ambassador for the East Riding. We are so lucky to live in a place like the East Riding as we have it all - from the sea to the Wolds and I want to spread the word about how great our county is.’’

She is not a newcomer to the council though, as well as being councillor for Pocklington Provincial ward, Councillor West was vice-chairman last year and has been elected as Mayor of Pocklington on three occasions, most recently in 2003.

The new vice-chairman is Councillor Chad Chadwick from Bridlington.