Anni Young elected Axminster mayor

PUBLISHED: 21:25 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:08 17 May 2019

Outgoing mayor Jeremy Walden hands the chain of office to Anni Young. Picture Chris Carson

Outgoing mayor Jeremy Walden hands the chain of office to Anni Young. Picture Chris Carson

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Axminster has a new mayor.

At the annual meeting tonight (Monday, May 13) members of the town council voted unanimously to appoint Anni Young to the top job.

Formerly the deputy chairman, she replaces Jeremy Walden who served two terms as First Citizen.

Cllr Young thanked everyone for voting for her, adding: "It is a daunting prospect with so many big shoes to fill. I love Axminster and I will strive to be as good as the people who have gone before me."

Paying tribute to Cllr Walden another former mayor, John Jeffery, said the town owed him a great debt for the service he had given it.

Cllr Walden said that in turn he owed Axminster a debt for its friendliness and the welcome it had given him and his family.

"It is a wonderful town," he said.

Cllr Dave Moore was elected Axminster's deputy mayor,

At Seaton Kenneth Beer was elected to serve his first full term as mayor.

He became First Citizen earlier this year after Cllr Peter Burrows resigned .

His deputy will be Cllr Jack Rowland, who also serves on the district council.

* Cllr Young moved to Axminster, from London, in 1998 with her husband, Matt. She was elected as a town councillor in 2015, declaring that she looked forward to helping shape the future of 'this rapidly expanding town and trying to help residents with their concerns wherever I can'.

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