Knaresborough’s new Mayor has vowed to ‘bring marketing to this old market town’ as he takes the title from Coun Carole Reid.
Coun Tony Handley started a busy first weekend in office with a Mayor making ceremony at Knaresborough House, followed by a party for fellow councillors and Knaresborough business owners hosted by himself and the new Mayoress Lori Handley.
Coun Handley, who was Deputy Mayor last year paid tribute to outgoing Mayor, Coun Carole Reid who will be Deputy Mayor this year.
He said: “Carol is a hard act to follow, she has done so many things as Mayor and attended so many events.”
Coun Handley said that Coun Reid had attended 140 events in her year in office and raised £3,200 for her chosen causes.
Coun Handley will continue to support the Frazer Theatre raise the roof campaign, as Coun Reid did, and will also raise funds for Friends of Knaresborough.
Coun Handley has been involved in le Tour Knaresborough from the outset and has helped to plan the events and activities for the Tour de France.
He said: “It is definitely the biggest event of the year, it is the thing I am most looking forward to.”
He added: “But we have got the bed race first, that’s the first big event.”
This weekend Coun Handley attended his first shop opening as Mayor on Saturday before spending Sunday at a Boy Scout event in Pateley Bridge.
Coun Handley also said he wants to bring back a water festival to Knaresborough.
He said: “I have seen some photos from the 1920s when they had a big stage at Mother Shiptons and when Marigolds was a floating restaurant on a boat.
“It would be good to get some pub vs. pub rowing races and fountains in the river which are illuminated. It would be a great way to celebrate Knaresborough being on the River Nidd.
“Mother Shipton was one of the earliest paid for tourist attractions in the country.”
Coun Handley has been a Knaresborough town councillor for three years. He said: “I am still surprised Knaresborough hasn’t got a proper up and running website, that’s one thing I want to do, bring marketing to this old market town.”