THE new mayor of Rushden is looking forward to a busy year of hosting events and promoting the town.
Marian Holloman is in her first mayoral year after serving on Rushden Town Council since 2003.
The former Rushden Memorial Clinic nurse took over from outgoing mayor, Janet Pinnock, this week.
She said she is delighted to be the town’s mayor during the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games.
As a keen member of the town council’s events committee, she is also looking forward to hosting several free events in the town over the coming months, including a Jubilee party and Party in the Park.
She said: “I am very lucky to be sharing this year with Her Majesty the Queen. I have got a big Jubilee party booked for Monday, July 4, at Rushden Hall Park in the walled garden. There will be free entertainment all throughout the afternoon.
“My aim is to promote Rushden wherever I go. I had the privilege of representing Rushden in 1973 when I was the carnival queen and I then helped to prepare other queens when I served on the carnival committee from 1973 to 2001.”
She continued: “Rushden is going to be known for its tourism sites. There’s so much here for people to see and do.
“I am an active member of the council’s events committee and we have lots of free entertainment coming up in Rushden.
“On May 26 there will be a Santa Pod display in the middle of the High Street, and it’s Party in the Park on July 14. We do so much in Rushden. I love my town and I want to see it thrive.”
Cllr Holloman is expected to announce her chosen charity within the next few months.
Cllr Pinnock recently presented cheques to her chosen charities from funds raised during her year as mayor.
Her main charity was Family Action in Our Region, which received £2,000. Zac’s Helping Hand and Zac Knighton-Smith each received £750, and £500 went to Rushden’s world kickboxing champion Jo Redman.
The Rushden Diamond Division Sea Cadets also received £330 and £200 each went to the Rushden & Higham Arthritis Care group and to Ben Little, who is taking a gap year from his studies to work voluntarily in Guyana.
A special inscribed plaque was presented to Sgt Sam Barrett from the Rushden Detachment Army Cadets.