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Crowds turn out in force to welcome new mayor

By Josh Thomas

Former Haverhill mayor Roger Andre
Former Haverhill mayor Roger Andre

The crowds were out in force on Monday (May 18) to welcome Haverhill’s new mayor.

Previous incumbent, Roger Andre, chaired the annual town meeting, during which he took questions from the public who filled Haverhill Arts Centre’s main hall.

Topics ranged from the state of the town’s High Street to public access to One Haverhill meetings.

Following this, the new mayor, Councillor Betty McLatchy, was installed, with Cllr David Roach being named as deputy mayor.

Cllr Roger used the opportunity to thank his fellow councillors and his deputy, Cllr Maureen Byrne, for their support and presented small gifts to his assistant, Vicky Phillips, as well as to town clerk Colin Poole and to the mayoress, Pauline André.

Mr André said: “My family has continued to encourage me and urged me on, despite my frequent late arrivals or absences from family occasions. Their support is highly appreciated.”

Mr André looked back at his time in office and expressed his optimism for the town’s future while paying tribute to the work of volunteers in the community.

He said: “We have attended a wealth of community festivals, school and nursery occasions, presented by regional bodies to volunteers from our community and the wealth of our own local events and shows.

“I continue to be heartened by the evidence I have seen of so many volunteering to assist our community, giving freely of their time, skills and energy to improve life in our area.”

Previous mayor of St Edmundsbury, Roger Everitt, paid tribute to Mr André, commending the work he did during his time in office. He presented Mr André with a hand-decorated scroll commemorating the signing of the Magna Carta.

Betty McLatchy, said: “I would like to thank those who elected me and I would also like to say that it’s a privilege to serve a town that’s growing.”

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