Cllr Sue Hacon set to become Mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough in 2021/22 municipal year
Having lived in the Great Yarmouth borough for 38 years and served the Bradwell South and Hopton ward for 12 years, Cllr Sue Hacon is set to become Mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough for 2021/2022.
Cllr Hacon will be officially elected into the ceremonial, non-political role at the Annual General Meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council on Tuesday, May 25, when she will take over from Cllr Michael Jeal.
As the first citizen of the borough, she will chair full council meetings, help to raise money for her chosen charities, and represent the borough and its people at functions both inside and outside of the area.
Born and raised in Sheffield, Cllr Hacon moved to Great Yarmouth with her husband in the early 1980s in order to be closer to his family, and now lives in Bradwell.
Since moving to the borough, Cllr Hacon has become a member of the Preservation Trust, due to her keen interest in the historical aspects of Great Yarmouth, and coordinator of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston In Bloom, an annual local competition to find gardens, streets and villages that are filled with colourful flowers and plants.
Cllr Hacon, who has been Deputy Mayor for the last two years and currently holds the post of mayor-elect ahead of her official installation, said: "Most people never get to be Mayor, so to be given the chance is a great honour and privilege.
"I'm looking forward to being part of a happier year for everyone as restrictions ease, and I look forward to leading the civic life of the borough, as we join the rest of the nation in opening up for our residents and visitors again."
Her chosen charities are DIAL, which is an independent local charity offering free confidential information and advice to disabled and vulnerable people across the borough, and The National Coast Watch Institute, which is a voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.
As well as electing the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the Annual General Meeting will see councillors vote on the appointment of the council leader, deputy council leader, committee chairmen and vice chairmen, and committee memberships for 2021/22.