Meet Denis Crawford, the man who will take over as Thetford’s mayor in 2017

Councillor Denis Crawford is Thetford Town Council's Mayor Elect for 2017/18. Picture: Matthew Usher

Councillor Denis Crawford is Thetford Town Council's Mayor Elect for 2017/18. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The man who will take over as Thetford's new mayor later this year has been announced.

Denis Crawford, who was deputy mayor, was selected as the mayor-elect for 2017/18 during a ceremonial full council meeting.

He said: 'I am proud and I was happy that I was given so much support from my fellow councillors. I have had a lot of people from the town congratulate me.'

The UKIP councillor will officially become mayor at the mayor making ceremony, a public event, at Thetford's Guildhall at 7pm on Tuesday, May 9.

He will replace Terry Jermy as mayor, who was the town's youngest mayor in its 800-year history.

Councillor Roy Brame was selected as deputy mayor-elect.

Mr Crawford added: 'I will not be a UKIP mayor. I will be representing everyone as best I can across the whole of the town.

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'I think I have a good deputy mayor to work with.'