THE mayor and deputy mayor for Fylde Council have been officially announced for 2013/14.
Medlar with Wesham Coun Linda Nulty was the overwhelming choice to take over as mayor by fellow councillors and follows fellow rural Coun Heather Speak.
At the full council meeting, held on Monday night, it was also confirmed that Kirkham Coun Elaine Silverwood would become deputy mayor for the coming year.
Coun Nulty said she was delighted to take over.
She added: “It’s something when I first started as a councillor I never expected to happen.
“There are 51 councillors in Fylde and you sometimes think you will never make it as mayor.
“It’s a real honour to do it. I feel it’s an honour for my constituents to have a mayor from rural Fylde, not to mention the deputy too. It’s great for Kirkham and Wesham.
“We have a good mayoral team with Coun Kath Harper as deputy mayoress too.
“Being in charge of council meetings might be a bit of a scary prospect, but it’s something I will look forward to and see it as a challenge I will relish.
“It will also be nice to attend social events and meet people I might not normally.”
Coun Silverwood follows Treales Coun Peter Collins.
Her deputy, Coun Kath Harper, will undertake civic duties on Coun Silverwood’s behalf.
Coun Silverwood said: “I was really pleased to be asked by Coun Nulty. It’s a great honour to have the title.
“It was most unexpected and I didn’t think she would ask me to support her during her mayoral year.
“It’s great too that we have the rural Fylde connection. I am sure it will be a busy year running the Silverdell bookshop in Kirkham too, but I am glad Kath Harper will be on hand as deputy mayoress to take on board some civic duties. I will wear the chain with pride.”
Both Coun Nulty and Coun Silverwood will start their new roles at Fylde Council on May 15.