Mayoral changeover

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doncaster has a new civic mayor who will wear the ceremonial chains for only three months.

Coun Ken Knight, who represents the Hatfield ward, was elected at this week’s full council meeting.

The meeting started with confirmation of the resignation this month of the 2010-11 civic mayor Coun Margaret Pinkney due to ill health.

The deputy civic mayor Coun Eva Hughes said she was sad to hear the news of Coun Pinkney’s resignation because she knew the role meant a great deal to her.

She wished her a speedy recovery.

There were two nominations for a replacement civic mayor and Coun Knight received more votes than the other nominee, Coun Georgina Mullis, who has been acting as mayoral consort this year.

Coun Knight, who has been a Labour member of the borough council for the past eight years, took charge of the rest of the meeting after donning the mayoral chains because the civic mayor is also chair of council.

He will remain as civic mayor until May 20 before the chains are expected to pass to Coun Hughes.

Coun Knight said: “It is an honour to be civic mayor for Doncaster and I pay tribute to Coun Pinkney who managed the post previously. I look forward to meeting many people in my relatively short time in the role.”

He dedicated the ceremony to his late mother who also served as a councillor.