AN OUTGOING town mayor spoke of his pride as he handed on the chain of office to his successor.

Cllr David Ellis officially stepped down from his position as the mayor of Buckley on Tuesday, May 14, making a pride-filled speech as he did so.

He was succeeded as the town’s mayor by Councillor Arnold Woolley, while Cllr Vivienne Blondek became Buckley’s new deputy mayor.

But before handing over the chain of office, the outgoing mayor made a heart-warming speech to the fifty or so local residents who had packed themselves into the Buckley Town Council chamber.

Cllr Ellis paid tribute to the new mayor, who served as his deputy throughout 2018, as well as to his fellow councillors, clerk, and wife, Cllr Carol Ellis, before adding that his five-year-old granddaughter will be upset that he is no longer the ‘King of Buckley’.

Speaking at the mayor making ceremony on Tuesday evening, Councillor Ellis said: “Having been born and bred in Buckley, it’s incredible to be here today.

“It has been an honour and privilege to have been mayor, and I wish the new mayor Councillor Arnold Woolley all the best for his year of office.

“Since being appointed mayor in 2018, I’ve been to lots of fundraisers in the town with my journey beginning at the Buckley Fun Day last year.

“Working full-time being the mayor has been a big ask, but I’ve got through it and raised money for charities which are close to my heart along the way.”

Now, mayor Arnold Woolley is also set to begin his term with

Buckley’s upcoming Fun Day on Sunday, May 19


Cllr Ellis raised an incredible

£7,000 from a charity skydive

in August 2018, which he described as

“terrifying but exhilarating” when reliving the moment

with the Leader.

Speaking at the recent mayor making ceremony, Cllr Neville Phillips OBE paid special tribute to the outgoing Mayor for his efforts throughout the year.

He said: “To raise that amount of money is absolutely marvellous. It’s been an outstanding year that Cllr Ellis has carried out to the letter.

“So, as the eldest statesman here (having served since 1970), I thank you David (Ellis) and Carol (Ellis), and wish Arnold (Woolley) and Vivienne (Blondek) the very best of luck.”