Deputy mayor praise

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DONCASTER Council’s Labour group leader has paid tribute to the deputy civic mayor for her work this year.

Coun Eva Hughes stepped in for the mayor Coun Margaret Pinkney more than 60 times during the past year.

Coun Pinkney resigned the post last month because of ill health, and Coun Ken Knight has now been appointed to formally take over the role until May, when the next civic mayor will be appointed.

But Labour leader Coun Sandra Holland said she though Coun Hughes deserved great credit for the work she has done while Coun Pinkney has been unable to attend events.

She said: “Eva stepped into the position of Chair of the Council on October 29 last year when Coun Margaret Pinkney became ill.

“Her first official engagement was the two minute silence on Armistice Day at the Mansion House steps, followed by the Festival of Remembrance in Wakefield Cathedral.

“Since October 29 Eva has performed over 60 engagements attended by thousands of people including 10 carol services or concerts in December.”

Coun Pinkney had been handed the post of civic mayor in May 2010.

Coun Georgina Mullis, the mayor’s consort, also attended some functions when Coun Pinkney was unable to attend.