Issued: May 11, 2017
PICTURE: New Epping Town Mayor Tony Church (left) with outgoing Town Mayor Les Burrows CLICK HERE
PICTURE: Epping Town Mayor Tony Church (right) and new Deputy Town Mayor Nigel Avey CLICK HERE
New mayor "very honoured" at election
Councillor Tony Church has followed in the footsteps of his father, Gerald, by being elected Mayor of Epping.
Mr Church, whose great-grandfather Ernest Harris was chairman of the then Epping Urban District Council in 1914-18, and whose father was Town Mayor in 1978, said he was "very honoured" to be elected to the role.
He thanked outgoing Mayor Les Burrows, and his wife, Carol, for their support and the contribution they had given to the town over the past year.
Mr Burrows reported that he had attended some 84 engagements during his year of office.
Among his memorable events were a service at St John's Church to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, the Remembrance Sunday parade and service, being introduced to the Princess Royal at the official opening of the new Citizens Advice Bureau offices, the Christmas market, Christmas Tree Festival and Carols on the Green.
He also singled out his meeting with Peppa Pig and Peter Rabbit at the 50th anniversary of the Piccola shop in the High Street as another special memory of his civic year.
During the year he raised about £2,000 for the Heart of Epping appeal and the brain injury charity bibic.
Mr Burrows thanked town clerk Beverley Rumsey and the town council staff, councillors, and his wife, Carol, for their support during the year.
"I trust the new mayor and deputy mayor will have a great year," he said.
Councillor Nigel Avey, whose late father, Ken, was also Mayor of Epping, was elected Deputy Mayor.