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Wednesday 17 May

Meet your new Mayor

Cllr Colin Prescott has taken over as Swale’s Mayor for the coming civic year, succeeding Cllr Lesley Ingham, whose term has come to an end.

Swale selects a new mayor from among its councillors every year, marking the occasion with a Mayor Making ceremony which took place last night (16 May).

Following the ceremony, Mayor of Swale, Cllr Prescott said:

"It is a great honour to take on this role, and I look forward to representing our council and promoting our borough at events throughout the year."

The Mayor’s charities for the year will be Hospital Radio Swale and local branches of the Parkinson’s UK support group network. Cllr Prescott’s tenure will take as its theme 'Produced in Swale', promoting local food and drink and supporting Swale’s farmers.

The Mayor lives in Graveney with his wife of more than 50 years, Pamela, the new Mayoress. Following a successful career in banking, the Mayor returned to Kent from Oxfordshire in 1991 and was elected to represent East Downs Ward in 1992. He was Mayor of Swale for the civic year 2004-2005.

A keen table tennis player, the Mayor is a longstanding member of Swale Lions Club, as well as a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman with the Plaisterers’ Livery Company.

Cllr Samuel Koffie-Williams will serve as Deputy Mayor for this civic year.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Ingham, said:

"It has been a huge privilege to serve as Swale’s mayor and attend so many wonderful local events.

"One thing I shall never forget is my visit to the Menin Gate to mark Armistice Day. It was a truly humbling and emotional experience and will stay with me forever."

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