Ceremony this week welcomes new Mayor of Northampton

Councillor Penny Flavell will be the new Northampton mayor
Councillor Penny Flavell will be the new Northampton mayor

A ceremony will take place on Thursday as the new Mayor of Northampton takes office.

On Thursday (May 21) at the Guildhall, Councillor Penelope Flavell, better known as Penny, will officially take over the role of First Citizen of Northampton from Councillor John Caswell.

Having worked on Northampton Borough Council for 12 years, she will now become the town’s 775th mayor.

Born in Kingsthorpe, she now lives in Abington and spent much of her life working in her family’s interior design business, supporting NSPCC and serving as a governor at Spratton Hall School and Cedar Road Primary School.

In 1972 she was invited to become a magistrate and continued to sit on the Northampton bench for 30 years.

As a borough councillor for St Crispins, she has been a member of the cabinet with responsibility for parks, waste management and the environment and chaired the planning committee from 2010 to 2014.

Councillor Flavell said: “It is an honour and great privilege to become the 775th Mayor of Northampton. My husband Michael and I are looking forward to serving the people of Northampton, meeting the local community and promoting the town.

“I have chosen the local branch of Marie Curie as the charity I will support during my time as mayor. The charity carries out much needed work to support people living with a terminal illness, including cancer – a disease which has unfortunately touched the lives of many members of my family.”

She is already planning several fundraising events throughout the year, including a Wing Walk on an aeroplane in September.

As she takes on her new role, Councillor Christopher Malpas will become Deputy Mayor of Northampton.

For more information, or to contribute to the mayor’s charity, contact the mayor’s office at the Guildhall on: Northampton 838730 or email: iwiddicks@northampton.gov.uk.