Vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor in respect of services rendered during the past year
The Mayor calls for the motion to be seconded and invites other Members of the Council to speak.
The Mayor puts the motion.
The Mayor invites Councillor Mrs A D Allen to reply to the vote of thanks.
The Mayor invited the Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite to propose a vote of thanks to the retiring mayor.
Councillor Kite moved the Motion and offered his congratulations to the newly elected Mayor, her Escort and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress on their appointments, before expressing his thanks to the retiring Mayor, Councillor Mrs Ann Allen for an exceptional year in office representing the Borough and people of Dartford.
The Leader praised Councillor Allen’s many qualities and her quiet but effective unassuming manner. He noted in particular her championing of the disadvantaged, her ability to connect and empathise with people and in the process, enrich their lives. She unfailingly addressed constituent’s problems and concerns and wherever possible found solutions, or suggested a way forward through her unrivalled local knowledge of Dartford and its affairs.
The Leader also praised the efforts of Miss Kim Cooper in her role as Mayor’s Escort and the full part she had played during an exceptionally busy mayoral cycle, including the many events to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Miss Cooper had grown into the role and played a full part in assisting the Mayor as escort, guide and friend in representing the Borough throughout the year.
The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor A R Martin seconded the Motion and added his own congratulations to the Mayor, her Escort, the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress on their election to Office, before adding his thanks to Councillor Allen as departing Mayor.
He paid tribute to Councillor Allen’s many endearing personal qualities which were underpinned by a steely determination to get things done. He praised her commitment to her many charitable causes and to addressing constituents concerns. He also paid particular tribute to the efforts of Miss Kim Cooper as Mayor’s Escort and the role of Father Zammit as the Mayor’s personal Chaplin during the past mayoral year.
The Shadow Leader of the Council, Councillor G T Prout offered his congratulations to the newly elected Mayor, her Escort and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress on their appointments, prior to congratulating Councillor Allen and her Escort Miss Kim Cooper on their outstanding year in office. He paid particular tribute to the many functions and events that Councillor Allen and Miss Cooper had attended during a particularly busy mayoral year which had featured both the 2012 Olympic events and the celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He regretted that the English Summer had not matched the efforts of Councillor Allen and Miss Cooper who, despite the adverse weather on many occasions, had stuck to their task in representing the Borough and sharing with its residents many notable occasions.
Councillor Read offered his congratulations to the new Mayor, her Escort and the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress on their election to office, before adding his congratulations to Councillor Allen on an exceptional year in office. He praised Councillor Allen for speaking for the people of Dartford during her term as Mayor without political bias or favour and for making many trips to his own constituents in Swanscombe and Greenhithe during her mayoral year.
Councillor Maddison added his congratulations to those already offered to the newly elected Mayor, her Escort, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress prior to congratulating Councillor Allen on her year in office. He recalled his long friendship with Councillor Allen over more than twenty years as a Parish, Borough and County Councillor colleague and paid tribute to her commitment towards achieving social equality for her constituents, helping the disadvantaged and her support of worthy charitable causes. Her ability to communicate effectively with all levels of society allied to her determination to achieve her objectives had contributed to an outstanding year in office representing Dartford and its residents.
The Mayor’s Escort Miss Kim Cooper added her own personal thanks to Councillor Allen for giving her the opportunity to act as her Escort during what had been a fantastic year, which she would always remember fondly and cherish.
The Mayor, Councillor Thurlow, added her own thanks to Councillor Allen for her help and guidance during the past year when Councillor Thurlow had been Deputy Mayor. Councillor Allen had introduced her slowly and quietly into the role of Deputy Mayor, in addition to advising her on the forthcoming role of Mayor by example. Councillor Thurlow also praised the role played by Miss Cooper as Mayor’s Escort and the role of Father Zammit as Mayor’s Chaplain.
On conclusion of the speeches the Motion was put to the vote and it was
That sincere thanks and appreciation be accorded to Councillor Mrs A D Allen for her outstanding service as Mayor during the past year.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor JA Kite, presented Councillor Mrs Ann Allen with a bouquet of flowers together with a gift on behalf of the Council.
The Shadow Leader, Councillor G T Prout then presented a bouquet of flowers to the outgoing Mayor’s Escort, Miss Kim Cooper.
The Mayor, Councillor Mrs P A Thurlow then invited Councillor Allen to respond to the vote of thanks from Members.
Councillor Allen began by congratulating the incoming Mayor, her Escort and the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress on their election to office. She also thanked Councillor Thurlow and Mr Denzil Reynolds for all their help and support in the preceding year as her Deputy Mayor and Escort.
Councillor Allen advised Members that she had enjoyed a terrific year as Mayor, made all the more memorable by the London Olympic events and the celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, despite the frequently poor weather. Sadly the year had also been marked by the loss of close friends known to the Chamber. There had been many highlights during the year, but visiting all units of Sheltered Housing in Dartford and hosting the residents at the Civic Centre in return, had been particularly gratifying. Engaging with the residents and hearing of their experiences during the Second World War as teenagers, had been both instructive and humbling. Councillor Allen also made particular mention of the continuing role played by The New Yorkers Club charity, in providing facilities for young adults with learning difficulties in Dartford.
Councillor Allen thanked her Mayoral team for their support and all her colleagues on the Charity Committee. She also thanked all Members, Officers and her family for their understanding and support throughout the year, with special thanks to her Escort Miss Kim Cooper and her personal Chaplain Father Zammit for their particular support, friendship and guidance.