New mayor takes office in Stamford

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TWO mayors have been voted into office following the town and parish council elections.

In Stamford, councillor John Binder was welcomed as mayor in a ceremony at the town hall yesterday.

Coun Binder, who has represented St George’s ward on the town council for eight years, succeeds David Brailsford who chose to step down, although he will remain a county councillor.

Speaking at yesterday’s annual town council meeting, Coun Binder said: “It is and honour and a privilege to be put forward for the position.

“I would like to thank David, who has been a great ambassador for the town.

“I am sure I can rely on my fellow senior councillors to offer me advice and support over the coming year.”

Coun Bob Sandall was chosen as deputy mayor.

In Market Deeping, Coun Bob Broughton was voted in for the first time since 2006 after seeing off a challenge from fellow town councillor Wayne Lester.

Coun Reg Howard, who was expected to run against Coun Broughton for mayor, accepted the deputy position.

Former mayor coun Bruce Tokens stood down from his position after deciding against running for re-election.