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West Lindsey District Council welcomes new chairman

By Gainsborough Target  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

  • OVER TO YOU: Councillor Alan Caine presents the West Lindsey chairman's chain of office to Jessie Milne.

  • ON YOUR MARKS: Councillor Parry at the start of the Saxilby leg of the West Lindsey Run series.

  • ALL ABOARD: Cllr Parry during his visit to the minesweeper HMS Brocklesby.

  • BACKSTAGE: Cllr Parry meets performers at the Trinity Arts pantomime Aladdin.

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WEST Lindsey District Council is delighted to welcome back Councillor Jessie Milne as the new chairman of the council.

Outgoing Chairman Cllr William Parry handed over the chain of office to Cllr Milne, who has been his deputy for the past year.

"I hope that I have done the district proud, by highlighting some of our achievements and showing just what our district has to offer new employers and developers," he said.

Cllr Parry said he was 'fortunate' to be invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace and meet Prince Charles on a visit to the district's Riseholme College.

But the Gainsborough based councillor, who was fully supported by his wife Janet, said he 'greatly enjoyed' meeting a wide variety of people.

He added: "I enjoyed two industrial visits to Hooton Engineering, and Eco Plastics at Hemswell Cliff.

"And I also had a look around the minesweeper HMS Brocklesby when it was docked at Grimsby.

"I had an interesting tour of Caistor during their open gardens day and an excellent band concert at Market Rasen.

"We also enjoyed the two visits to Gainsborough Old Hall for the beer festival and the re-opening after the refurbishment."

Cllr Parry has helped raise awareness and money for the Royal British Legion and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The full total is still being calculated and will be published on the council's website.

He added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for donating money for these two worthy causes."

Cllr Milne is looking forward to her year ahead as chairman, a position she held in 2009/10.

"I am thrilled to be chairman of West Lindsey District Council for the second time," she said.

"My aim is to do as much as I can. Last time as chairman, I felt as if I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted to, so I am going to start projects earlier."

The chairman's charities this year are:

The Stroke Association's East Midlands branch.

Lincolnshire Air Cadets.

If you would like the chairman to attend your event call the civic office on (01427) 676676 or visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/civicinvite

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