New Bexley mayor Howard Marriner is 'overwhelmed by the honour'

News Shopper: Coun Haward Marriner is Bexley's new mayor. Coun Haward Marriner is Bexley's new mayor.

Bexley’s new mayor is “overwhelmed” after becoming the 51st person to be elected to the post.

Councillor Howard Marriner, who represents Barnehurst Ward, was voted in at Bexley Council’s first full meeting at its new offices in Watling Street on June 11.

Coun Marriner defeated Labour candidate Gill MacDonald by winning the unanimous support of the Conservative group, and one out of UKIP’s three councillors.

He will be the 51st mayor since Bexley became a London borough in 1965 and the 75th since it received its charter in 1937.

The grandfather-of-four is a retired banker who spent time living in Nigeria, Hong Kong, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

He said: “I am overwhelmed by the honour I feel having been given this opportunity to serve not only the residents in Barnehurst, but across Bexley.

“I want to meet as many people as I can and engage and work with the borough’s organisations such as Rotary, Round Table, Inner Wheel and the Lions to raise awareness of their good work locally.

“In addition, I want to work with the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice because I understand just how much they do for Bexley’s residents in their hour of need.”

Coun Ross Downing will be deputy mayor.

Outgoing mayor Coun Sharon Massey told said in her farewell address: “Despite these austere times, the role of mayor is highly regarded and greatly appreciated by the residents of Bexley.

“I have met people shaking in their boots and others have cried because they are overwhelmed to have met the mayor.

“As mayor you really do touch people’s lives and you have the unique opportunity of demonstrating civic pride and can show residents how they are so important in all that we do in this chamber.”

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5:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

"represents Barnehurst Ward" in what mental hospital is this then?
"represents Barnehurst Ward" in what mental hospital is this then? white rabbit9
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7:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Good luck. Hope you don't make the same mistake as the last mayor and get strippers to do an act in a pub which has no license to do it.... Or have friends on the licensing committee. Well done also for splitting the ukip vote so early. What do you think ukip members. Having seen Cllr Newman in the chamber he will be one to watch. Also hope the mayor pays more attention to when a member has his or her hand in the air. When one tory voted against the great O'Neill he said he nor bill tuckley saw it. Laughable. Better than panorama
Good luck. Hope you don't make the same mistake as the last mayor and get strippers to do an act in a pub which has no license to do it.... Or have friends on the licensing committee. Well done also for splitting the ukip vote so early. What do you think ukip members. Having seen Cllr Newman in the chamber he will be one to watch. Also hope the mayor pays more attention to when a member has his or her hand in the air. When one tory voted against the great O'Neill he said he nor bill tuckley saw it. Laughable. Better than panorama Lady Boy Erastusia
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10:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" is a retired banker "

Say nah more then. I bet a pound to a pinch of chit he wears the apron too.

THAnk YoU
" is a retired banker " Say nah more then. I bet a pound to a pinch of chit he wears the apron too. THAnk YoU Gypo.Joe
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4:36pm Sat 21 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Shaing in their boots and crying?(!)

He's not that good looking. Or is that just a bad photo?
Shaing in their boots and crying?(!) He's not that good looking. Or is that just a bad photo? goldenbroomboy
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