An ordained Christian minister who enjoys playing the flute and who moved to Corby six years ago was made town mayor at a ceremony last night (Thursday, May 29).
Cllr Anthony Dady was sworn in as the new Mayor of Corby for 2014/15 at Corby Council’s annual meeting.
Cllr Dady takes the reins from outgoing mayor, Cllr Judy Caine, whose busy year in office included opening James Ashworth VC Square and the A43 Link Road as well as raising money for her charities through her James Bond themed night and even busking with her husband Paul.
Cllr Dady moved to Corby six years ago and lives within the Kingswood ward with his wife Alison, who he married almost two years ago in the same room where he was installed as mayor.
Ever since making Corby his home Cllr Dady has been fully involved in the community volunteering at the local youth club and starting a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
He said: “It is appropriate that we take time to reflect upon the excellent work that Judy has done as mayor. Her hard work and professionalism have shone through.
“In my civic role, I wish to foster a spirit of acceptance, positivity, care and social cohesion when in public, as well as camaraderie and mutual respect among councillors of all political persuasions, as we all work together for the good of this town.
“In keeping with many other local authorities, we will benefit from me having a Mayor’s Chaplain who will assist me in many of my duties. I am delighted to announce that Paul Frost, minister from the Epiphany and St John the Baptist churches, will be serving in that role over the coming year. I will also be instituting prayer in the Mayor’s Parlour prior to full council meetings.
“This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
“This is where I hope to live up to the excellent example set by previous mayors by representing the council in an appropriate and positive way.
“However, there will also be many other opportunities to mix with residents through the many social engagements to which the mayor is invited.
“Finally, I plan to raise awareness and money for three highly acclaimed Corby-based charities: Corby Foodbank, Corby Street Pastors and the Lighthouse Drop-in Centre.”
The new mayor has a website – www.anthonydady.com – which he will be updating throughout the year.