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'Amazed' to become 482nd Boston Mayor

Boston's new Mayor has spoken of his amazement at being chosen for the honour and privilege.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe told guests at the annual meeting of Boston Borough Council: "I am absolutely amazed that I have been chosen to be Mayor of this wonderful borough of ours. When I moved here 30 years ago I never expected to be Mayor of Boston."

Cllr Woodliffe became Boston's 482nd Mayor on Monday night, his wife, Catharine becoming Mayoress, and Cllr Maureen Dennis Deputy Mayor and Mrs Helen Staples, a former borough councillor, becoming Deputy Mayoress.

Cllr Woodliffe chose Foodbank and Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre as his charities for the year. Blackfriars celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

He was born in London, studied maths at university  and worked for most of his career in education, moving to Boston to teach maths at the grammar school. He married Catharine in 1988 and they have two grown-up sons. He retired in 2009 and became a borough councillor in 2011.

"It is my intention to use this Mayoral year to promote those activities and charities that enhance the lives of our fellow citizens, and in particular, attempt to heal the rifts between the different communities that live here."

Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Richard Austin, said he had enjoyed a year of opportunities to spread the word about Boston's "great past and bright future".

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Boston's 482nd Mayor, Cllr Stephen Woodliffe with his wife Catharine, right, the new Mayoress and, left, Deputy Mayoress Helen Staples and Deputy Mayor Cllr Maureen Dennis