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Prospective Mayor announced for King's Lynn

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Published by the KLFM News Team at 4:52pm 27th April 2016. (Updated at 5:25am 28th April 2016)

Councillor David Whitby will be nominated as Mayor and Chairman of the Council for the forthcoming year at the Mayormaking ceremony on Thursday, 12 May at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

David, who was Deputy Mayor last year, is Norfolk man born and bred.  He was born and grew up in Clenchwarton and attended Terrington St Clement High School.

On leaving school he worked at Woodcocks Bakery on King's Lynn High Street. Having trained as a chef at the Golden Lion Hotel, he went on to become Chef and Head Chef at the now Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he worked for 41 years. 

It was during his time at the Golden Lion Hotel that he met Linda.  They were married at Clenchwarton Church in 1973 and bought a house in the village.  They had two children and now have four grandchildren.

David was elected as ward councillor for Clenchwarton in 2011.  As a Borough Councillor David has been involved with the Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel, Cabinet Scrutiny Committee, King’s Lynn Drainage Board, Standards Committee and the Recycling Task Group. He has also chaired the South and West Lynn Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel and helped with the Town Allotment Judging for the past four years and the Classic Car Event on Heritage Day.

In his spare time David is a keen gardener and enjoys DIY - over the years both David and Linda have dedicated a lot of their spare time to assisting elderly neighbours in maintaining their gardens and homes.

Linda has recently retired after over 30 years working at Clenchwarton primary school where she helped in the kitchen with lunches, manned the office and worked as a teaching assistant. Linda’s interests are now her 4 grandchildren and knitting; for the grandchildren, any of her friends who have new babies and for the special care unit at the Hospital. She even finds time to make gift cards.

David and Linda have enjoyed serving as Deputy Mayor and Mayoress for the last year and are now looking forward to meeting more wonderful people across the borough as Mayor and Mayoress.

The Mayor’s Charity for 2016 – 2017 will be in aid of The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company. 

Cllr Carol Bower will be nominated for Deputy Mayor at Mayor making next month. 

Carol Bower was born in Campbeltown in the West of Scotland.

Marrying in 1970, Carol continued to work on the Renal Unit at the Lambeth Hospital until she and Robin moved to Little Baddow in Essex. There, and later in Devon, she worked caring for the elderly, as a special needs assistant, and ran a smallholding, working these around her two small children, Kate and Beth.

Returning to Norfolk with the girls on the breakdown of the marriage, she eventually became residential sister-in-charge of the sick bay at Gresham’s School for 13 years, and this is where Carol met Simon – they married in 1992.

She became a commissioned Officer in the Combined Cadet Force, helped with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, ran First Aid courses and took up bee-keeping as a hobby.

Since retirement, she has really loved being able to spend more time with daughters Beth and Kate and their six children and exploring beautiful West Norfolk with border collie Daisy. Carol is a Governor at Smithdon High School, a member of Hunstanton and District Rotary Club, the Hunstanton Community Choir, which Simon conducts, and, again with him, is a member of the team running the Hunstanton Pantomime. She worked in the Norfolk Hospice charity shop in Hunstanton until recently, and found it a great way to keep in touch with what was happening in the town.

She joined Hunstanton Town Council in 2009, and served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for almost five years before being elected as a borough councillor last year.

Carol serves on the Planning Committee, the Environment and Community panel, the Coastal Community Team, the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team, the Joint Management of the Green, the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts, and also chairs the Hunstanton in Bloom Committee.

Carol and Simon are looking forward to their year as Deputy Mayor and Consort and to supporting the Mayor and Mayoress. 

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