The new mayor of Penryn, Gill Grant, took office last week in a ceremony at the town’s Temperance Hall, making it the sixth time she has held the post.

Following a resumé of the last civic year, councillor Gill Grant was sworn in as mayor for the coming 12 months, alongside councillor Mark Snowdon as the new deputy mayor.

In front of a crowd including the town mayors of Falmouth, Camborne and Truro, representatives from Mylor council, a delegation from RNAS Culdrose, and members of local voluntary groups, Mrs Grant was chosen as mayor and handed the Lady Jane Killigrew loving cup.

She said: “I look forward very much to working with my deputy, Mark Snowdon, and I would like to thank my partner Tom for his continued support.”

She also set out some plans for the coming civic year, including developing a community emergency plan, refurbishing and updating the town’s historic public buildings and looking for a remedy to damage in the clock tower, pursuing the provision of allotments, creating a “town team” and working with Falmouth and Exeter Universities.

Councillor Grant, who is now in her sixth term as mayor, said: “Penryn is on the cusp of resurgence, but it won’t happen without focusing the energy of the town.”

Councillor Snowdon said: “I’m honoured to do this. I shall endeavour to do the best I can.”

The outgoing mayor, Councillor Beverly Hulme, who would usually have given an account of the year and presented the loving cup, was unable to attend due to a private matter.

Father Stephen Wales was named as the mayor’s chaplain, Mrs Lorna Smuda as the mayor’s warden, and Norman Hunter and Martin Northern as the town’s mace bearers, and the Penryn Branch of the British Legion will be her designated charity.

The ceremony was followed by a civic reception for all the attendees in the town hall.

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