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The Mayor

Who is the mayor?

Cllr Paula Waters-Bunn

Biographical Information for the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Councillor Paula Waters-Bunn

Born and raised in the town, Her Worship was elected as a borough councillor in 2016 and represents the Southtown and Cobholm ward. As a passionate advocate for Great Yarmouth, the Mayor was inspired to stand for election after attending council meetings as a member of the public.

Outside of the Council, Her Worship works for Barrett Steel Limited as the health and safety officer at Yarmouth Steel Services.

As Mayor she will chair full council meetings and help to raise money for her chosen charities, which include Great Yarmouth Stroke Group, Age Connected and Shrubland Football Club.

The Mayor said:

All of my chosen charities are special to me. The care and support the Great Yarmouth Stroke Group and Age Connected provide for people is extremely valuable and, as a grassroots sports club, Shrubland Football Club is a beacon in the local community that I am proud to be able to support.

It is an honour and a privilege to have been elected as Mayor by my fellow councillors and I look forward to serving the community in what is an important civic role for the borough.

The Mayor will be accompanied to events by her Mayor's Consort, Matthew Bunn. Father Alvan Ibeh will be the Mayor's Chaplain for the year of office and Finley McCloskey, from 901 Marine Cadet Troop, will be the Mayor's Cadet.

What does the Mayor do?

The Mayor acts as Chairman of the Council and has to attend all full Council and special Council meetings.

The Mayor is invited to many different functions within the Borough, and represents Great Yarmouth when visiting other parts of the county.

Is it a political position?

The Mayor has to be apolitical and not enter into any political debates.

How is the Mayor chosen?

The position of Mayor alternates between the political parties in power - the Mayor is not elected.

Mayor making takes places in May every year with a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Can I invite the Mayor to my event?

Yes - fill out our Mayor event enquiry form.

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