AN emotional Coun Jennifer Waterhouse made her farewell address as mayor of Berwick in the council chamber on Monday night.
Struggling to hold back tears, she thanked all those who had helped her enjoy a successful year in office.
“Thanks must go to the members of Berwick Town Council for giving me the opportunity to hold the post of leader and mayor of Berwick for the most wonderful year and also to the people of Berwick for the warm welcomes I have received wherever I have been,” she said.
She also thanked her employers Shoecare for allowing her time off work to attend civic functions, her son Cameron who has been her consort, sheriff and sheriff’s lady Andy and Karen Swinburne, town clerk Sue Finch, sergeant-at-mace Joyce Benton and deputy mayor Coun Alan Bowlas and his wife Jo.
“I’ve had the most amazing year whether that be attending coffee mornings, annual general meetings, waving off old age pensioners on their bus trips or meeting and greeting visitors from overseas,” she said.
Highlights of her year, however, had been the Riding of the Bounds and the visit to the town by the Freemen of England and Wales for their annual meeting.
“I will never forget the sight of all the freemen from towns and cities across the country walking through Berwick with their different coloured gowns on,” she admitted.
She was also proud to hold the ‘course record’ of presiding over 63 new admissions to the freemen’s guild.
Coun Waterhouse felt there were still people who did not understand that Berwick Town Council does not have the funding of the former Berwick Borough Council. Despite this, and the difficulties of the current economic climate, she was delighted the council had been able to support the Tweedmouth Feast, Spittal splash park and New Road.
The final total she has raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the chosen charity of her year, will be announced next week.