The Mayor of Winterton
I am Winterton born and bred. After qualifying as a teacher I taught in Hull for two years before taking up a post, in 1965, at Winterton Secondary Modern School, later the Comprehensive School, where I remained until my “retirement” in 1995.
In 1966 I was elected to a 12 strong Winterton Parish Council, becoming Chairman of the Council in 1972. The following year, under new legislation, the Parish Council became a Town Council and I was elected as the first Town Mayor, a post I have held 6 times during my 50 years on the Council.
I have been privileged to see Winterton Town Council develop into a very dynamic and pro-active council. The provision of play areas for the towns-people at Marmion Drive. West Street Park and Newport Drive Playing Field, as well as the purchase of the Old School Hall and the building of Winterton Community Pavilion provide excellent meeting places for various groups in the town. We have also opened a Town Council Office in West Street where members of the public can drop in to consult our clerk and her staff. We have extended our involvement in the Best Kept Village Competition to include The East Midlands in Bloom Competition.
At the moment we are very supportive of the North Lincolnshire Council’s plan to provide a library, hub, gymnasium and skate park on the Winterton Rangers site. My focus, as always, is to make Winterton a better place to live; cleaner, safer and with a growing range of amenities and at the same time working with other local authorities to ensure that they too provide Winterton with the best possible services.
Away from my council work I am heavily involved with the Winterton Junior School as a governor and still enjoy the occasional days teaching. It is a pleasure to work in such a good school with its dedicated and outstanding staff and teach the grandchildren of the pupils I first taught 50 years ago at the Comprehensive School.
My other interests are Winterton Agricultural Society, which I was invited to join in 1965, and Winterton and District Lions Club, which I helped set up in1999. Both organisations give great service to our community and I am still heavily involved with the running of these groups.
More recent highlights were the receiving of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List followed by a visit to a Royal Garden Party, and receiving The Lifetime Achievement Award from North Lincolnshire Council for services to the local community.
My spare time is spent gardening, which I find therapeutic, and riding my Yamaha 600cc motorcycle, which is still exhilarating but a much different experience to the Triumphs and BSAs I rode in my youth. I also spend as much time as possible with my family, especially my daughter, Michelle, and my son, Mark and his two teenage grand-daughters. During the football season I am a lifelong supporter of Scunthorpe United and enjoy away days with Winterton Iron as we travel the country supporting our team.