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Mayor hopes tradition will continue after ‘wonderful’ service

Mayor and mayoress David and Myra  Bradshaw, with  other dignitaries  from across  Wiltshire.

Mayor and mayoress David and Myra
Bradshaw, with other dignitaries
from across Wiltshire.

WESTBURY’S first civic service in 20 years has been hailed a triumph by the mayor, councillor David Bradshaw, who welcomed over 60 dignitaries and a full church to the occasion on Sunday 31st January.

The service saw a number of mayors from around the county, as well as the county’s high sheriff and deputy lord lieutenant join cllr Bradshaw and his wife, Myra, at All Saints Church.

Cllr Bradshaw said, “I was very pleased with how the day went and it was even better than we expected. The church was full for the service and about 100 people came back to the Laverton afterwards for refreshments.

“I’ve had numerous comments from people saying what a wonderful service it was and how they’d like to see it become a regular occasion in Westbury.

“The other mayors and dignitaries all said kind things as well, and I think the afternoon certainly measured up to other towns’ services. It was a great way of bringing the town together and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many young people involved.

“I feel honoured to have been able to host the service, and was very proud of the town for making it a success. I’d certainly like to see future mayors continue the tradition in future.”

The group of mayors and county dignitaries gathered at the Laverton before walking to the church in a procession led by former town crier, Sean Price, who revived his role for the day.

All Saints’ reverend Steve Jarvis then took a church service and air cadets from the 68th Westbury Squadron took their obligations, before the congregation returned to the Laverton for refreshments.