BOSTON’s new mayor has no fears of getting his feet muddy on civic business during his year in office – he is a true son of the soil.
Coun Colin Brotherton, who represents Kirton for the borough, has been working the land since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, as he comes from a staunch farming family.
The 69-year-old, who lives in Station Road, Kirton, farmed throughout his working life in Wyberton and Kirton, and now, even though he is retired, he is still active on the land – working an allotment in Wyberton and spending time tinkering with his beloved tractors. He has three of the vehicles which he has restored to their original glory. He uses them on his land and takes them to tractor rallies around the country.
Coun Brotherton has been a Boston borough councillor for nine years, and has sevred on Kirton Parish Council for six years.
He said: “I had already been thinking about becoming a councillor and one day there was an advert in the local newspaper. I called the number and it all went on from there.
“I like to think that I do it to help people and to make a little difference – all those little differences can add up to something worthwhile. If a member of the community approaches you about something and you can help to sort it out you feel as if you’ve achieved something.”
Coun Brotherton, who will be Boston’s 478th mayor, described it as ‘an honour’ and ‘a privilege’ to take on the role of mayor.
The councillor was sadly widowed 15 years ago, but has a son and two daughters and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 20 months to 17 years.
His sister Kate will join him as mayoress for his year in office, which will begin at the annual meeting of the council on Monday.
The deputy mayor will be fellow Kirton councillor Coun Alan Lee, who will be joined by his wife Jill as deputy mayoress.