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Councillor John Davies enjoyed an excellent year as Mayor of Ross-on-Wye during the 2008 / 2009 term, but on Monday, 11th May it was time for him to hand over his Chain of Office to Councillor John Edwards at the annual Mayor Making ceremony at the Larruperz Centre. Relatives from the USA and lots of family and friends attended the event to watch Councillor Edwards installed as the new Mayor of Ross-on-Wye and John is looking forward to his role very much.

After being robed and chained by Councillor Davies, Mayor Edwards made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office before announcing his wife Susan as his chosen Mayoress. Councillor Jo Lane was elected as Deputy Mayor for this term, whom Mayor Edwards described as a 'true Rossian.' The Mayor's Cadet for this term is Wesley Jenkins, whose first job, the Mayor joked, was to stop people from falling asleep during his speech. This was unnecessary however, as the Mayor's speech was focused, relevant and at times very amusing. He congratulated Councillor John Davies on a successful year and presented him with his commemorative Mayoral Bar.

Out going Mayor, Councillor John Davies thanked Ross Town Councillor for their support during his term as Mayor and thanked, Town Clerk Denise Mason and Deputy Town Clerk, Rachel Lewis for all their hard work before presenting them with flowers. Councillor Davies' chosen charity throughout his term of office was Ross MS Support Group and he was pleased to present a cheque to chairman of the group Gaye Cheeseman.

Out going Mayoress, Hannah Davies dressed the new Mayoress with her Chain of Office and was presented with flowers and a commemorative gift.

Mayor Edwards is actively involved with the Ross Sports and Leisure Federation and RoWToP, who have been forming a business plan for the future of Ross-on-Wye by consulting with the public through a series of 'Planning for Real' events.

Congratulations on your election as Mayor, Councillor Edwards. We wish you every success for your term of office.

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Councillor John Edwards' installation as Mayor of Ross-on-Wye 2009 / 2010.

Councillor John Davies handing over the Chain of Office to Mayor Edwards.

Town Clerk Denise Mason and Councillor Davies robe the new Mayor.

Mayor Edwards declares his acceptance of Office.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane.

Mayoress Sue Edwards receives her Chain of Office from Hannah Davies.

Mayoress Edwards presents out going Mayoress Hannah Davies with flowers.

The Mayor's Cadet, Wesley Jenkings (right).

Councillor Davies presnts Gaye Cheeseman with a cheque.

Ross Town Mayor Councillor John Edwards with Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane.

The large gathering waiting to see the Mayor Making.

Out going Mayor John and Mayoress Hannah Davies.
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