Long standing councillor to become new mayor of Wellingborough

Cllr Malcolm Waters with wife Veronica
Cllr Malcolm Waters with wife Veronica

The new mayor of Wellingborough for 2016/17 has been announced as Cllr Malcolm Waters.

He will have his wife Veronica Waters, who is also a councillor on the borough council, as his mayoress.

Cllr Waters has been an active borough councillor for more than 30 years in Wellingborough after growing up in the town and attending John Lea School.

After leaving school, Cllr Waters joined the British company Morris Motors and also local company Long & Hamley, where he became the youngest charge hand at the works.

Cllr Waters also spent more than 28 years at Scott Bader where he worked in quality assurance before retiring in 2005.

More recently, he has spent several years as chairman of the Waendel Walk Working Party, an organisation of volunteers and council officers which puts on the annual International Waendel Walk event in Wellingborough.

Cllr Waters has served on all of Wellingborough Council’s committees during his years in office and has been chairman of the planning and community committees.

Since 1997 he has also served Northamptonshire County Council, where he is currently deputy chairman.

At home, Malcolm and Veronica have nine grandchildren aged between nine months and 18-years-old, who the couple are extremely proud of.

Cllr Waters said: “It is a great honour to be elected as mayor of the borough for a second time, in the town that I have lived and grown up in.

“Veronica and I are looking forward to visiting as many people and organisations as we can, so that I’m able to see first-hand the wide variety of community work happening in our borough, and offer my support.

“We are acutely aware of how important family and friends are, and I’d like to support and raise awareness of the plight of many elderly people who do not have a support network to rely upon, and can have an impact on every aspect of their lives.

“In these days of austerity it is always easy to forget how lucky we are, and I feel that it is important to celebrate what we do have and what we can do to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

“Over the coming year I hope to make a lasting difference to isolated older people in our local community.”

Cllr Waters will be officially appointed as mayor for 2016-17 at the council’s annual meeting on Tuesday, May 17.

He will fundraise throughout his mayoral year, with the money being distributed to good causes at the end of his term of office.

His main charity will be Contact the Elderly, a national charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation among older people.