Royal garden party date for chairman Smith of Bourne

Coun Judy Smith of Bourne East ward is the new chairman of South Kesteven District Council.
Coun Judy Smith of Bourne East ward is the new chairman of South Kesteven District Council.
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A former Mayor of Bourne has a date with the Queen to look forward to after taking over as chairman of South Kesteven District Council.

Coun Judy Smith of Bourne East ward was elected chairman on Thursday in her 13th year as a district councillor, succeeding Coun Ray Wootton of Grantham.

The district council’s chain of office was put round Coun Smith’s neck, in her fourth term as a district councillor, at a meeting on Thursday ten years after she left office as Mayor of Bourne.

Coun Smith said: “It’s a very great honour and I’m very pleased to be able to serve both the district council and the residents of South Kesteven in this way.

“I’m very proud to be an elected represented from Bourne as I was born in the town and it should be a very pleasant and exciting year ahead for me.”

Coun Smith, who has also been a member of Bourne Town Council for 17 years, has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who all live in Surrey.

Her late husband, Coun John Smith was twice Mayor of Bourne in 1978 and 1996, as well as district councillor for Bourne West ward from 1995 until 2015 and his death in April.

“Before Christmas 2014, John said that he was stepping down from the council,” Coun Smith said.

“I replied ‘if you’re stepping down, I’ll be stepping down too because I want to be around to look after you’.

“But he said ‘you must stand again because you enjoy the work and you’ll need something to do’.

“So I followed his instructions and, as chairman of South Kesteven District Council, I’m looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace for the Royal Garden Party on May 10 and also a few events for my charities, including Scouts and Guides in the district.”