Councillor Penny Flavell, officially welcomed as the new Mayor of Northampton today, has vowed to spend much of her time in office fundraising to support a local cancer charity.
The position of mayor was officially handed over to her from Councillor John Caswell at 11am this morning during a ceremony at the Guildhall, Councillor Chris Malpas was also appointed deputy mayor.
Before the ceremony, Councillor Flavell said that she “looked forward to serving the people of Northampton” and planned to use her position to support the local branch of Marie Curie because it is a charity “very close to her heart.”
She has worked on Northampton Borough Council for 12 years, acted as governor for Spratton Hall and Cedar Road Primary schools and has sat as a magistrate in Northampton for more than 30 years.
Now, she has become the 775th mayor for the town.
She said: “It is an honour and great privilege to become the 775th mayor of Northampton. My husband 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.
“My first husband, my mother and my aunt all died from different forms of cancer. It is in their memory that I have chosen to support Marie Curie as the charity offers such important care and respite to those living with a terminal illness and their families.
“Marie Curie is a charity very close to my heart and I hope to raise as much money as possible during my time as mayor so that more people can benefit from the valuable services they offer in Northampton.”
One of the fundraising events she is planning for the next year includes an aeroplane Wing Walk in September.