Meet Sheringham’s new mayor who is passionate about helping people in the town

PUBLISHED: 15:16 07 May 2014

Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks.

Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Supporting young people, the elderly and volunteers are the main aims of the new mayor of a seaside resort.

Patricia Brooks, 66, was voted in as mayor of Sheringham at the town council meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

The retired social worker, from Hooks Hill Road, Sheringham, replaced Doug Smith who has been council chairman and town mayor for the past four years.

She has held the position of deputy mayor for the past year, which has been filled by David Gooch, from The Avenue, Sheringham.

Mrs Brooks, a former Break director and current trustee of Age UK North Norfolk, said: “It was quite a shock to the system. I want to pay tribute to Doug Smith who has given me inspiration and understanding of what the position means. It is an honour to wear the chain with the history of Sheringham behind you.”

She loved living in Sheringham because of the people, shops and ambience and described it as a “beautiful place”.

As well as being passionate about helping young people and the elderly she enjoys working on her allotment and being a member of the Otterndorf Twinning Association.

She has been on the council for five years and was director of Break for five years, a position she took up a decade ago.

“All my life I have tried to make a difference and stand up for what I believe in,” Mrs Brooks added.

She said she has always been interested in politics.

The mayor grew up in Spalding, Lincolnshire, and studied a BA and masters in Social Studies at the University of East Anglia.

She is married to David, 68, a retired agricultural manager for British Sugar, and moved to Norwich in 1991.

The couple, who have one daughter and two grandsons, moved to Sheringham 13 years ago.

Her last 20 years working years were spent working in north Norfolk for social services as a team manager.

She was both worried and excited about the “surprises” which came with being mayor.

“I’m looking forward to working with David Gooch. He has a lot of knowledge and can nudge me in the right direction,” Mrs Brooks added.

Mr Gooch has been deputy mayor for the council in the past.

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