Mary’s made of ‘Wright’ stuff to be Boston Mayor

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A NEWLY re-elected Boston councillor has completed a hat-trick of council roles after becoming mayor.

Coun Mary Wright, who led the council in 2006, was deputy Mayoress in 1990/91 and Mayoress to Coun Maureen Dennis in 2009/10, became Boston’s 477th mayor at the official ceremony on Monday.

She said: “I think this is a wonderful opportunity, overpowering actually and an honour.”

She said she was looking forward to travelling around, meeting people and representing the council in other districts.

She said her aim as mayor would be to make Boston secure for families to work and play.

She said she wanted members of the council to work in harmony with each other to make Boston a secure and safe place.

She will be supported by Mayoress Sue Donaldson, her daughter, Deputy Mayor Coun Maureen Dennis and Deputy Mayoress Marilyn Cobb, Mary’s niece.

The move switches Coun Wright and Coun Dennis’ roles from two years ago.

Born in Boston, Coun Wright grew up in the Witham Ward where she still lives and represents.

She is the ninth of 11 children and was educated at Park School’s former Tunnard Street site.

She left at the age of 15 to work for four years at Fisher Clark, later Norprint and now part of the Magnadata Group.

She left to marry Horace Wright, a fireman on steam trains for British Rail, who later became Boston Borough Council’s mayor’s officer and, after retirement, a councillor from 1999 until his death in 2007.

Couns Wright and Dennis take over from outgoing mayor Peter Jordan and deputy Gerry Clare who were thanked for their service.

There were no objections to Coun Wright’s nomination, however, Coun Paul Goodale declared his disappointment the system of electing mayors had not returned to being the longest serving member of the elected council.