The new mayor of Erewash is Councillor Mary Hopkinson, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting on Thursday (May 18).
Councillor Hopkinson, who has represented the Little Hallam Ward since 2011, will be supported by her husband Peter, while her friend Megan Walker will step in for some events.
A variety of fundraising events will be held during the year and the mayor has chosen to support and promote four charities – Sight Support Derbyshire as she herself has an ongoing sight problem; The Canaan Trust, the Long Eaton-based charity which helps the homeless; Ben’s Den, a charity which offers holidays for families with terminally ill children and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Coun Hopkinson said: “I feel very honoured to have been elected as mayor and it is my greatest pleasure to serve the residents of our wonderful borough during my civic year, which I will do with great pride.
“I am well aware of the inspiring and valuable work that goes on daily in all corners of Erewash and I look forward to attending events during this year and to meeting residents of all ages and hearing their stories.
“There is much of which we can be proud in Erewash and I am truly excited to be in a position to promote this during the coming year.”
The Ilkeston-born mayor is involved with a variety of local organisations including the Ilkeston 50+ Forum; she is secretary to the South Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and is a founder member of the Ilkeston Lioness Club.
The Reverend Christine French, of All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam, will be the mayor’s chaplain, while the new deputy mayor is Coun Chris Corbett, who represents the Wilsthorpe Ward for which he has been the borough councillor since 1999.
He had been the council leader for the last 10 years before stepping down earlier this month to take up his new role.