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Abseiling Ann is ready for the ups and downs of job

New Lord Mayor will meet volunteers

FAMILY: Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Taylor with her husband Bob and daughter Claire
FAMILY: Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Taylor with her husband Bob and daughter Claire

AN ABSEILING grandmother has been elected as the Lord Mayor of Canterbury. Ann Taylor, who represents Reculver, became the first Herne Bay councillor to take on the role in 24 years after a ceremony in the Guildhall in Canterbury on Wednesday. Her son flew from America to be there and in an emotional speech Cllr Taylor, who has been Sheriff of Canterbury for the last year, thanked her whole family for their support. Declaring that she was “one very proud lady”, she added:

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in my year as sheriff, especially my family who have had to put up with me when I got a bit nervous or stressed.”

Thank you

“Thank you to the civic team for keeping me on the straight and narrow — you’ve got another year of me now.”

She said her year as sheriff had been “brilliant”, especially her role as patron of the Whitstable and Canterbury Volunteer Centre which had allowed her to focus on volunteers across the district. She added:

“I have kept a diary for the year so in years to come my children and grandchildren will know what the old girl got up to and know how important it is to give some of your time, no matter how little, to helping others.”

Cllr Taylor was nominated by West Bay councillor Peter Lee, who said it was right that a Herne Bay councillor had the role. He said:

“In her acceptance speech when becoming sheriff this time last year, Ann said that her priority would be to meet the volunteers who contribute so much to the district and she has certainly fulfilled that pledge, visiting many local organisations. Ann has also given more tangible support to charities, running, or walking with her granddaughter Mia in her pushchair, in the Race for Life. We have also in the past year seen the first abseiling sheriff, down the appropriately named St Ann’s block of flats on Herne Bay seafront accompanied by her daughter Claire. Will we see the first abseiling Lord Mayor this year?”

Her nomination was seconded by Tankerton councillor Jeanne Harrison, who said Cllr Taylor had many roles, and could look forward to more in her year as Lord Mayor. She said:

“She is a wife, mother, grandmother, dog owner and a church-goer who lives by her principles.”

Cllr Taylor’s daughter Claire will be Lady Mayoress, and her husband Bob will be her escort. Granddaughter Mia will also join her at events. The Lady Mayoress’s charities for the year will be the Kent Air Ambulance and homelessness charities Porchlight and Catching Lives. The Reverend Anthony Everett, from Christ Church in Herne Bay, will be her chaplain.

Herne Bay Times, May 21st 2014

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