HADLEIGH’S new mayor has praised the town’s “vibrant” businesses and pledged to help two charities close to her heart during her year in office.
Mary Munson, who was previously mayor in 2007 and is also a Babergh district councillor, succeeds Penny Cook, with Brian Lazenby confirmed as deputy mayor.
“You have quite a responsibility with this post, with the welfare of the town at heart,” said Mrs Munson, who has been on the town council for nine years.
“I have lived here since 1965 and seen it change from a population of 3,000 to almost 10,000.
“It is a vibrant town that serves its people and the surrounding area well, the high street is strong at the moment and people I have spoken to welcome the new Morrisons development.”
Mrs Munson explained that her chosen charities for the year would be the town’s award-winning Porch Project, based at St Mary’s Church, and the Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry) charity, which raises awareness of sudden adult death syndrome.
“The Porch Project came from small beginnings and now has around 350 young people involved, which is a great achievement,” she said.
“The project focuses on young people’s welfare and looking for jobs, and reaches out past its boundaries now to be a role model for other areas.”
Of her support for Cry, Mrs Munson said: “Tragically, we have experienced this on three occasions in Hadleigh in the last few years, and I can’t imagine how it feels to lose a young person in the family like that.”
Mrs Munson will also be getting behind Hadleigh’s jubilee celebrations, which include a big lunch in the High Street between noon and 3pm on Sunday, with a 1950s dance in the town hall from 7.30pm to midnight the same day.
She reserved warm praise for her predecessor’s work over the last year.
“She has been a very impressive mayor and a real stalwart of the town,” she said. “She has been an active mayor who takes a personal interest as well.”
RETURNING: Mary Munson is set to enjoy her second term as mayor.