New mayor of Swaffham set for a flying start to her civic year

The new mayor of Swaffham will have a memorable start to her civic year when she attends a service of thanksgiving with a Spitfire flypast at Ely Cathedral.

The laying up of banner service for 2nd Squadron RAF Marham on Sunday will be Terry Jennison's first official engagement since succeeding six-times mayor Shirley Matthew on Wednesday May 9.

Mrs Jennison, who moved to Swaffham with her husband in 1993 and was first elected to the town council in a by-election in 2006, served two terms as deputy mayor before donning the mayoral chains. Anne Tigue will serve as her deputy.

The mayor was originally from Edgware, north west London, and worked as a nurse in London, Centre Parcs and for the Ministry of Defence before retiring.

She counts Swaffham Relief in Need among the local groups she is involved with.


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Mrs Jennsion said: 'I love Swaffham and I am really honoured to represent it. It's a very special town and I hope I can live up to my predecessor.

'I want to do a good job – I have two hard acts to follow, really. I'm a little bit apprehensive, but I will work with it.'

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