Cllr Lawrence Ferguson has been installed as the new Mayor of Corby at Corby Borough Council’s Annual Council meeting held last night (15th September 2020). Cllr Ferguson has taken over the role of Mayor from Cllr Ray Beeby.
Cllr Peter McEwan was confirmed as the new Deputy Mayor.
Mayor’s Acceptance Speech
“Dear Councillors, Officers and members of the public,
Firstly, may I thank my fellow councillors for electing me as Mayor. In 1996, as a 13-year-old I watched my grandfather, John Wood-Cowling become Mayor. I never dreamt that 24 years later, I would be in the same position.
It is truly a great honour, but alas, also one tinged with sadness, as it is the final occasion on which this Council will bestow this honour.
May I take this opportunity to give my personal thanks to Ray and Toni for their enormous energy and diligence throughout the last 16 months. They have represented the Borough at many events, and are to be warmly congratulated.
May I also offer thanks to my fellow ward councillor Anthony for fulfilling the role of Deputy Mayor over the previous year.
We meet in difficult times, for the community and the Council. The fact that we are having to meet this way is evidence of that.
Can I give my personal thanks to the many members of the community, Council officers and other partners, who have worked tirelessly to support the vulnerable in our local community during these difficult times.
The Council and the community have come together to ensure that we are meeting the challenges presented. These challenges are likely to be with us for some time.
It is customary for in-coming Mayors to have a theme or issue that they promote during their term of office.
Corby is a very green place, especially when you compare us to other similar industrial towns. All the work that the Council, partners and volunteers have put into making the town look good - the Boating Lake, our woodlands, Coronation Park ( indeed all our parks and open spaces), and how could I not mention our wonderful wild roundabouts - are a credit to all involved.
It is important that we protect our woods and open spaces and that we encourage people to get out and about and use them, particularly as we go through a pandemic where health and wellbeing are so important.
In addition, it is customary for the Mayor to nominate charitable causes for their year in office. Obviously this is a difficult time, but I intend nominating causes so that any money that may be raised can be distributed.
Given the circumstances we are in, the work of the Royal British Legion is difficult, and their normal fundraising efforts through the Poppy Appeal limited. In recognition of this, I will be nominating the Royal British Legion as one of my nominated charities.
My second good cause will be the Corby Lottery Fund. This distributes money to a variety of local good causes, charitable and voluntary groups. Hopefully all will benefit in some way.
In conclusion, I would again like to thank you, my colleagues, for bestowing this honour upon me.
May I take this opportunity to thank all previous Mayors and Deputy Mayors for the tremendous work and energy you have brought to this role. You have been superb ambassadors for the Borough, and shown the best that Corby has to offer.
You have epitomised the Corby spirit …..Deeds Not Words!
This year’s Annual Council was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Last night’s meeting was held via Zoom and can be viewed on YouTube using the following link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_WnH2xNzo