New Mayor for Knaresborough

Coun John Batt pictured at Knaresborough Railway Station with MP Andrew Jones. (s)
Coun John Batt pictured at Knaresborough Railway Station with MP Andrew Jones. (s)

KNARESBOROUGH will have a new Mayor next week.

Coun John Batt, Cons, a town, district and county councillor, is looking forward to taking up the position of Mayor of Knaresborough next Friday, May 18 when he takes over the chain of office from outgoing Mayor, Coun Andrew Willoughby, Lib Dem.

The official Mayor-Making ceremony for Knaresborough Town Council will be held at Knaresborough House with invited guests, dignitaries, local councillors and representatives of groups and organisations in attendance.

Mrs Sue Batt will be the newly-elected Mayoress of Knaresborough, and Couns Peter and Helen McNamara, Cons, Scriven Park Ward, will be the new Deputy Mayor and Mayoress.

Coun Batt will be announcing his chosen charities for his 2012/13 year of office at next week’s Mayor-Making ceremony as well as details of the Mayor’s chaplain and Civic Service.

Coun Batt, who represents the Knaresborough East Ward, was elected to the Town Council in January 2009, he later became both a District and County Councillor. He is dedicated to promoting Knaresborough in tourism and business.

Born in Upminster, Essex in 1945, John emigrated to South Africa with his parents and was educated at the Marist Brothers College in Port Elizabeth following which he attended the University of Port Elizabeth.

He entered IT in 1968 and in 1977 returned to the UK where he embarked on a career as an IT Consultant working for blue chip companies and government departments and agencies both in the UK and Europe. One of the contracts involved him being sent to ICI Fibres in Harrogate, where he met Sue whom he married in 1981.

The couple have three children and one grandson and are expecting their second grandchild in August. John retired in 2002 and lists amongst his hobbies music, caravanning and walking with his two Cavalier King Charles spaniels. He is also a Life Member of the Arab Horse Society.