Parade and civic service for Southwold mayor

Southwold Civic ParadePHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwold Civic ParadePHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A traditional civic service and parade was held through Southwold to welcome town mayor Melanie Tucker to her second year in the role.

Southwold Civic ParadePHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwold Civic ParadePHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pageantry was the order of the day as a procession made its way from the town hall, in Southwold High Street, to St Edmunds Church for a civic service in which Ms Tucker was officially installed.

Townsfolk, shoppers and holidaymakers looked on as the procession was led by the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums through the town.

The procession consisted of town councillors, scouts, the Southwold Lions, St Felix School, the RNLI lifeboat crew, HM Coastguard and the police.

There were also mayors and dignitaries from other towns and communities, including Waveney District Council leader Colin Law, chairman Mark Bee and vice-chairman Caroline Topping.

Southwod Mayor Melanie Tucker. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwod Mayor Melanie Tucker. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Once at St Edmunds Church, special prayers were said for the town's mayor during the service led by the Rev Simon Pitcher, of the Sole Bay Ministry Team.

The service on Sunday, May 22 involved a selection of hymns, a performance by the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums as well as readings from councilor Tucker and Cllr Barrie Remblance, chairman of Reydon Parish Council.

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Southwold Town Council clerk Lesley Beevor, said: 'It was very special to see so many mayors and dignitaries from all around the county coming to celebrate Melanie's re-election to the position of town mayor.'

Are you organising a community event in Southwold? Contact Southwold reporter Simon Ward on 01502 525832 or email simon.ward@archant.co.uk

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