Councillor to follow in late mother’s footsteps as borough’s next mayor

Cllr Kerry Robinson Payne in the mayor's parlour at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Inset an image of her

Cllr Kerry Robinson Payne in the mayor's parlour at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Inset an image of her mother Susan Robinson, during her time as mayor. Photo: GYBC - Credit: Archant

The next mayor of Great Yarmouth will be following in her mother's footsteps.

Cllr Robinson-Payne will be the new mayor in Great Yarmouth.
Picture: James Bass

Cllr Robinson-Payne will be the new mayor in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

Since 2011, mayor-elect Kerry Robinson-Payne, has represented the same ward as her mother Susan Robinson did.

Susan served as mayor in 2006, and she died shortly after her year.

Now Kerry is set to be elected mayor at a meeting of the full borough council next week.

Cllr Robinson-Payne, who is curator of the Nelson Museum, said it was an honour.

Susan Robinson as Mayor in 2006. Photo: GYBC

Susan Robinson as Mayor in 2006. Photo: GYBC - Credit: Archant


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She added: 'Most people never get to be mayor, so to have two chosen from the same family is a double honour.

'Mum was and is a real inspiration to me.

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'I'm very privileged to not only be following her, but also a lot of great mayors that came before her and have come since.

'I think she would be delighted and it would make her smile to think that I've followed in her footsteps, quite literally.'

Cllr Kerry Robinson-Payne who will be the mayor of Great Yarmouth for 2017-18. Photo: GYBC

Cllr Kerry Robinson-Payne who will be the mayor of Great Yarmouth for 2017-18. Photo: GYBC - Credit: Archant

Born in Great Yarmouth, Cllr Robinson-Payne grew up on the Barrack Estate, attending Greenacre School and Great Yarmouth College of Further Education.

Initially, she worked as a mobile hairdresser, visiting clients around the area. However, her real interest was always heritage.

About 10 years ago, she decided to follow her passion and started volunteering at the Nelson Museum, on Historic South Quay, where she trained in museum work.

After her hard work, she was then appointed curator three years ago.

As the first citizen of the borough, Cllr Robinson-Payne will chair full council meetings, help to raise money for her chosen charities, and represent the borough and its people at functions, both inside and outside of the area.

She will be joined on some engagements by her daughter Niamh, 16, as mayor's consort.

Her chosen charities are Heart 2 Heart Norfolk, the Cinnamon Trust and Palliative Care East, the charity behind the Louise Hamilton Centre.

Cllr Robinson-Payne said: 'I think that heritage and young people will feature very heavily in my year.

'The rich cultural heritage of our borough is extremely important but also are the young people who are our future and need to be helped and encouraged to flourish in their own ways.'

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