New town mayor elected in Seaton

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JACK Rowland’s rapid town council ascent continued when he was elected Mayor of Seaton.

He will be assisted by new deputy mayor Cllr Martin Pigott.

Councillor Rowland won a by-election to join the council last year before being appointed deputy mayor last May.

He was elected on May 8th, and told Pulman’s View From Seaton & Colyton: “I was honoured to be elected by my fellow councillors, bearing in mind that I became a councillor as recently as February 2016 as a result of a by-election.

“I will continue to work hard to repay the faith shown in me and to represent Seaton to the best of my ability.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Marcus Hartnell for all his hard work over the past year as mayor and leader of the town council as, having worked closely with him, I know the time and effort he spent over the past year on town council-related work.

“I’d also like to thank those councillors who went over and above the call of duty from last summer to February this year to keep the council operating on a daily basis in the absence of a town clerk.”

Councillor Rowland has a background in the life insurance industry and moved to Seaton in 2003. He became a voluntary driver taking people to medical appointments, and has also been a community speedwatch volunteer.

Councillor Pigott is Seaton born and bred and was elected onto the town council in May 2015. He is a chef by trade and has been heavily involved with the football and cricket clubs in the town.

Councillor Pigott is also an ex-head boy of what is now Axe Valley Academy in Axminster.

He said: “I will support Jack in his role as mayor.

“I’d like to think I’m approachable and I will be trying to do a lot more for the youth in the town.”

Looking to the future, Seaton’s new mayor said: “Amy Tregellas joined as the town clerk in February and has demonstrated in the last few months how much of an asset she has been and will be to Seaton Council.”

Chief Reporter | Started his working life on a farm before becoming a screen printer, both in Sweden. Had another career change and turned to journalism in the mid1990s. Enjoyed an internship with Alexandria Gazette Packet, Va, USA, before moving to the UK. Got a job with The Clarion in Yeovil in 1998, but moved to Axminster in 2006 and has worked on the East Devon beat since.

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