A dedicated councillor who has lived in Dacorum for more than 30 years has taken up the mantle of mayor of the borough.
Councillor Allan Lawson, who has represented the Adeyfield East ward on Dacorum Borough council since 2007, now dons the mayoral chain after taking over office from Councillor Penny Hearn.
In his acceptance speech at Wednesday night’s annual meeting of the council, Mr Lawson said: “I am greatly honoured that my fellow councillors have placed their trust in me by electing me as Mayor of this fabulous Borough for the coming year. It seems like quite a jounrey for a boy from a farm in the Highlands of Scotland.
“I promise in return to carry out my duties and responsibilities with enthusiasm, energy and humility.”
He congratulated the Mrs Hearn for her work during her time in the role, over which time she helped raise £30,614.61 for her charity The Pepper Foundation. Speaking about the outgoing mayor, he said: “Penny looks and, indeed, is a very sweet and attractive lady but, as I have learned, there is a great deal of steel there as well. I especially congratulate the fantastic amount raised for her charity.”
Mr Lawson has chosen The Chilterns Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Centre, which is based in Wendover but supports MS sufferers from all over Dacorum, as his mayoral charity of the year.
Mr Lawson, who has acted as deputy mayor of the borough over the past year, worked with the Metropolitan Police for 31 years and in Uganda, Central and Southern Africa and Central America as a police advisor. He is also a trustee of Dacorum Volunteer Centre and a Governor of Adeyfield School, and was chair of the Adeyfield Neighbourhood Action Group for a number of years.
Councillor Gbola Adeleke, who has represented Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield on the council for 11 years and lived in the borough for 40, last night accepted the the position of Deputy Mayor for the forthcoming year.