On 29th May 2019 Great Torrington celebrated the introduction of the new Mayor for the forthcoming year, Councillor Miss Keeley Allin.
At the age of 22, Cllr Allin joins the handful of “youngest Mayors” across the country. However, despite her age she certainly does not lack experience as Keely has been involved with the Town Council from a very young age. At the age of 12 Keeley acted as the Mayor’s consort for her mum and has since had a serious interest in Town Council activity. Whilst at Great Torrington School Keeley sat on the School Council and was a senior leader in year 11. In 2015 Keeley joined the Town Council as a Councillor and since then has worked hard for Great Torrington, with the people the Council represents being Keeley’s main priority.
Her proudest achievements are setting up the ‘Town Tidy’ Initiative, which sees everyone come together to tidy the town up before big events such as Mayfair and being part of a group who have worked hard to get a youth club back into the town.
Keeley said “as Mayor of Great Torrington I am very much looking forward to a busy year ahead, with my diary already filling up! I have set up a Facebook page (Great Torrington Mayor’s Blog) where I will keep everyone updated and will continue to contribute to The Crier with the monthly ‘Mayors News’ article.
“I feel very proud to hold the office of Mayor of Great Torrington this year and I’m really looking forward to supporting our town and various projects. I also hope that the lovely people of Great Torrington will feel free to contact me if they would like me to attend any events over this forthcoming year.”
Keeley has nominated 1st Torrington Scouts and Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club as her chosen charities for the forthcoming year.
At the Mayoral Ceremony Pastor Tim Gilbert was welcomed as the Mayor’s Chaplain for the forthcoming year. The Town Council would also like to thank Reverend Peter Bevan for his service to the Mayor and Town Council as Mayor’s Chaplain over the past two years.
Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Birch was thanked for his service as Mayor’s Cadet for the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mrs Di Davey and Cpl Holly Rice-Smith was welcomed as the Mayors cadet for the forthcoming year.