THE CHAIRMAN of the Save Our Brine Baths group (SOBBS) was voted in as the new Mayor of Droitwich Spa yesterday.
Coun Bill Moy, who has lived in the town for 46 years, was nominated by Coun Bob Brookes at the Mayor Making meeting at Droitwich Community Hall.
The motion was seconded by Coun Alan Humphries.
Coun Moy takes over from Coun Christine Bowden who, during her year of office, raised more than £3,000 for her chosen charities during her year of office – SOBBS, the Wychbold Swan Rescue Centre and the Droitwich Stroke.
Droitwich Town Council leader Coun Alex Sinton paid tribute to the outgoing mayor, describing her as ‘honest and open’ and praising her for organising so many successful events over the last 12 months.
Addressing Coun Bowden he added: “You have been an excellent ambassador for our town and an exemplary mayor.”
Coun Bowden said: “I have been honoured to represent her lovely town.
“It has been a wonderful year I will never forget.”
She thanked her husband and consort Eric, along with town council officers Jane, Sharon and Mark who she described as ‘real stalwarts’.
She told the incoming mayor: “I hope you get as much enjoyment out of the role as I have.
“Go for everything you can and enjoy every second of it because it goes quickly.”
Coun Brookes and Coun Humphries both praised the work Coun Moy had done for the community, particularly with returning the Lido to the town and the ongoing drive to get the brine baths back.
Coun Moy, whose wife Dilys will be his consort and will be assisted by his daughter Helena, has chosen SOBBS, the Friends of Droitwich Spa Lido (FODSL) and the Droitwich Stroke Club as his charities.
“I am proud to have been chosen as mayor and will do my utmost to represent our town to the best of my ability,” he added.
Coun Moy’s first engagement will be at the Droitwich Young Firefighters’ passing out parade on Saturday, May 18.
Visit droitwichspa.gov.uk/mayor and fill in the mayor attendance form or call 01905 774258 to request the mayor’s presence at events.