Alnwick Town Council is pleased to announce that following the Annual Meeting, Councillor Geoff Watson has been elected Mayor and Councillor John Humphries has been elected Deputy Mayor.
Commenting on his appointment, Geoff said he was honoured to be elected to serve the Alnwick community as Mayor. “People who know me know that I love our local area and I’m really thrilled to be given this opportunity to serve”.
“We are fortunate in Alnwick to have an experienced and dedicated group of Town Councillors some of which have previously been Mayors of the Town and have set a high standard which I am determined to emulate.”
Proud to be a Royal Signals veteran, Councillor Watson has nominated the new Alnwick branch of the Royal British Legion as his chosen charity.
Following his service in the Armed Forces he worked for Cable & Wireless in London before joining British Rail. He later worked for Newcastle City Council, moving to Alnwick in 2000.
He became Manager of Alnwick’s Development Trust in 2006 and helped the Trust deliver a host of projects before retiring in 2012.
Apart from a short break he has been an Alnwick Town Councillor since 2009 and sits on all four committees: Recreation & Amenities, Planning Highways & Transport, Finance & Policy and Cemetery
Councillor Watson’s predecessor as Mayor was Councillor Lynda Wearn.
Councillor Wearn said it had been an honour and a privilege to serve for two terms, adding “I thank everyone who has supported me over the last three years, during which we faced the Covid pandemic. Alnwick Town Council and the residents worked together to face the challenges that brought and I am very proud to have been part of the council during that period.”
She wished Councillor Watson well and offered her support during his term as Mayor.