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New mayor elected for Stowmarket

Stowmarket has a new mayor.

Councillor Keith Scarff was elected Stowmarket town mayor at the annual meeting of Stowmarket town council on October 28.

He said: “I am delighted to have been elected by my fellow councillors for a second term as town mayor. My last term was under very different conditions, some 18 years ago, and the town has grown enormously since then.

Keith Scarff. Picture: Stowmarket town council
Keith Scarff. Picture: Stowmarket town council

"The obvious difference, of course is Covid-19 which has altered all of our lives enormously and will of course mean that my time as town mayor will look and feel very different.

I am delighted to announce that my themes for my term will be volunteering and service in the community.

"These themes were chosen nearly a year ago before coronavirus struck.

"However they have become even more relevant today as they are the essential threads that

run through a community and really make a difference. Our community has shown how we

can all pull together for the benefit of Stowmarket.”

The new Mayor will be supporting two local charities, Mid-Suffolk Citizens Advice and Red


Outgoing Mayor Councillor Paul Ekpenyong said: “Being Mayor has been one of the most

rewarding and interesting roles I have ever held.

"I am very pleased that we were able to raise £8,000 to be shared by my two charities,

WeCan@TheJunction and The Mix."

Councillor Barry Salmon was elected Deputy Mayor.

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