New mayor takes office

Newmarket’s new town mayor is Cllr Rachel Hood with town trainer Cllr John Berry the new deputy mayor.

The pair were voted into office at the annual meeting of the town council on Tuesday.

Cllr Hood, who is the wife of Newmarket trainer John Gosden, was first elected to the town council in 2011 and is also a member of Forest Heath District Council. Cllr Berry was also elected to the authority in 2011 and has most recently served as chairman of the authority’s planning committee.

“I absolutely and categorically undertake to do my best for this council and the people of Newmarket “

Outgoing mayor Cllr Geoffrey Jaggard was presented with a council shield. “I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve as mayor. It has been a challenging year but I have enjoyed it.”