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NEW MAYOR OF ELLESMERE PORT WILL BE COUNCILLOR BRIAN JONES
13 May 2014 – The new Mayor of Ellesmere Port will be Councillor Brian Jones who will take up his post on May 21 after his Mayor-making ceremony.
He has a great deal of experience in the role, having twice been Mayor of the former Ellesmere Port and Neston Council and has been a Councillor for 40 years.
A member for Whitby, he was born in Liverpool and after leaving school trained at a firm of electrical and mechanical engineers.
He qualified as an Engineer Officer for the Merchant Navy and then went on active service in Malaysia for the British Army, attached to the Ghurkhas.
On his return he worked for Vauxhall Motors and then H H Robertsons for 28 years.
He is a founder member and past Chairman of the Cross Roads charity and was Mayor of Ellesmere Port and Neston in 1989/90 and 2004/5. For Ellesmere Port and Neston Council he was a past Chairman of the Licensing committee and Leisure Services committee.
Councillor Jones was also a County Councillor for eight years and was made an Honorary Alderman.
He is now a bank nurse for the NHS and covers five hospitals. He is married to Joan and has two grown- up sons and three grandsons.
Councillor Jones said: “I am really looking forward to becoming Mayor of our great town.
“My inauguration includes songs from Brookside Primary and Whitby High Schools – as they did when I was Mayor in 1989 and 2004.
“During my year in office I plan to visit as many schools as possible, especially at Christmas for the carol concerts.
“And of course as the Mayor of Ellesmere Port I will greatly enjoy attending a wide range of engagements and meeting a wide range of people as the civic figurehead for the town.”
Councillor Jones’ charities for the year are Parkinson’s UK, Girl Guiding Ellesmere Port and the British Heart Foundation.
Deputy Mayor is Councillor Lynn Clare who was born and bred in the Ellesmere Port Town ward that she represents.
She has great experience in her new role because she was Mayoress herself in 2012/13 when Councillor Pat Merrick was Ellesmere Port Mayor.
Councillor Clare joined the Royal Navy at 17, married and served in the Far East until 1972.
She has five children and three grand children.
Councillor Clare worked for a local Mp for four years and in 1984 she began working as a volunteer for the charity Parents Against Drug Abuse, a telephone helpline for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.
Councillor Clare rose to the post of Chief Executive Officer and was awarded an MBE for her work in 2004.
After the charity ceased, Councillor Clare won an Ellesmere Port seat on the new Cheshire West and Chester Council and did not stand for re-election.
However in October 2011 she won the by-election for her present ward, following the death of well known Councillor Derek Bateman.
Councillor Clare said: “I am really looking forward to helping Councillor Jones as much as I can over the next 12 months and meeting as many people as possible.”