Town’s mayor ‘unshackled’ in new role

Coun Eddie Collett is inaugurated as the new mayor of Blackpool.
Coun Eddie Collett is inaugurated as the new mayor of Blackpool.
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Blackpool’s new Mayor has said he will use his new post to “shout from the rooftops” about the resort.

Coun Eddie Collett was formally invested in his new position at the Town Hall Mayor Making ceremony, taking over from fellow councillor Sylvia Taylor.

Speaking at the ceremony Coun Collett, who represents the South Shore ward of Tyldesley, said: “My intention is to use this post to generate economic investment and help enterprise.

“I want to help those who are seeking employment and those who want to help themselves.

“I will celebrate the town’s diversity and promote the benefits of work, without prejudicing those who cannot.

“I plan to spend the next 12 months shouting from the rooftops about how great Blackpool is.”

In a break with tradition Coun Collett has chosen not to follow some Mayoral protocols, including wearing the traditional robes or holding charity raffles.

Instead he has chosen to lobby companies and individuals to donate to his chosen charities for the coming year - Snow Heights Outdoor Centre and National Council for Civil Liberties.

Coun Collett added: “I aim to be quite a modern Mayor of Blackpool. Not only am I the first with a Twitter account, but am probably the first with an iPad too.”

Coun Collett will be joined in his post by the new Mayoress, his wife Heather.

Coun David Owen takes over as Deputy Mayor.

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‘We’ve had fun’ exclaims outgoing mayor Sylvia

Speaking at the ceremony outgoing Mayor, Coun Sylvia Taylor, paid tribute to her successor.

She said: “Congratulations to Eddie.

“I have had a wonderful year with (Mayoress) Julia Massey.

“I would like to thank the people of Claremont for re-electing me, as well as the charity workers who have been involved throughout the year and my family as well.

“We’ve had fun.”

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