Town council elects youngest ever mayor

Sean Woodcock
Sean Woodcock

It was out with the old and in with the new as mayors and mayoresses were sworn in across Banburyshire this week.

At a mayor making ceremony at Banbury Town Hall on Tuesday night, Councillor Sean Woodock was sworn in as mayor, taking over from the popular Nicholas Turner. Mayoress Anna Hassell – Mr Woodcock’s partner – was also sworn in along with Deputy Mayor Margaret Cullip.

At 28, Mr Woodock, who works full time for a housing group, is currently the Labour group leader on Cherwell District Council where he has made a name for himself championing popular causes and challenging the dominant Conservative group on key issues. He is also in the running to become the party’s parliamentary candidate at the next General Election. In Brackley Cllr Elaine Wiltshire took up the mantle from out-going mayor Cllr Peter Rawlinson at a ceremony at the town hall on Saturday. Mrs Wiltshire was elected along with deputy mayor Cllr Jim Broomfield and theywill be supported by mayor’s consort Paul Wiltshire and deputy mayor’s consort Debbe Perry.

Mrs Wiltshire has lived in Brackley for the past 18 years. A retired conveyancing executive, she decided to ‘give something back to the town’ and stood for election to Brackley Town Council in 2010.

In Chipping Norton Cllr Mike Tysoe is set to continue for a second term as mayor with Cllr Chris Butterworth as his deputy. The pair will be sworn in at a mayor making ceremony at the town hall on Monday.

Cllr Philip Vial was sworn in as mayor of Shipston-on-Stour at a ceremony at New Clark House on Monday with Jackie Warner taking up office as his deputy.