Agenda item

Vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor in respect of services rendered during the past year


The Mayor invited the Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite to propose a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.


Councillor Kite firstly congratulated the newly elected Mayoral Party and wished them well in the forthcoming year. 


Councillor Kite drew Members attention to the evolving role and nature of the Mayoralty in the past 30 years and cited Councillor Armitt as a perfect example of an exponent of the new responsibilities and duties of a Mayor.


Councillor Armitt commanded the respect of people from all walks of life; he was an excellent communicator with all types and ages of people, and yet still maintained a sense of civic duty which was obvious to all.  He was a natural candidate for the role of Mayor.


Councillor Armitt’s term as Mayor had been very busy and he had worked extremely hard, he had fulfilled a large number of engagements many involving children and displayed a great quality of understanding and empathy with all people that he encountered.


Councillor Kite extended his thanks to the Mrs Armitt the Mayoress recognising that her role was very important to the success of the Mayoralty and acknowledging the full role that she had played in many of Councillor Armitt’s engagements and charitable undertakings.


In conclusion Councillor Kite stressed that Councillor Armitt had been an excellent representative for Dartford, he had commanded great respect from his Mayoral team and fulfilled the full expectations that the public expected of the role of Mayor.


Councillor Shippam seconded the motion of thanks.

The Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Jonathon Hawkes expressed his best wishes to the new Mayor and his Mayoral party and welcomed Councillor Burrell as a fellow Stone Parish councillor

He expressed his thanks to the outgoing Mayor and congratulated him for a very successful third term of Office.  He highlighted Councillor Armitt’s great passion for civic duty and stressed his love of Dartford.

Councillor Hawkes thanked Councillor Armitt for his fair and robust Chairmanship and noted that his Twitter account was always very busy.

The Leader of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association Councillor Read congratulated the incoming Mayor, Councillor Burrell and his wife and the incoming Deputy Mayor Councillor Mrs Currans and her Escort on their election to office.  

He also thanked Councillor Armitt for his work as Mayor and praised his energy and endeavour and the success of his fundraising.

Councillor Coleman passed his congratulations to Councillor Burrell and his wife and wished them a very successful Mayoral year.

He also reminded Members of the hard work undertaken by the outgoing Mayor and stressed to all that he would be a hard act to follow.

Councillor Hunnisett expressed his congratulations to the incoming Mayoral party, his thanks to the outgoing mayoral group and his admiration for the funds raised for the Mayoral charity.

Councillor P Kelly expressed his best wishes to the new Mayor, and congratulated Councillor Armitt on his Mayoral Year.


Councillor Kelly especially thanked Councillor Armitt for his help with Town Twinning, and Sea Scouts and stressed that nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him.


At the conclusion of the speeches the Motion was put to the vote and it was


That sincere thanks and appreciation be accorded to Councillor I D Armitt for his outstanding service as Mayor during the past year.


The Leader of the Council, Councillor JA Kite, presented Councillor Armitt with a gift of some gardening vouchers on behalf of the Council in recognition of his service as the Mayor..  

The Shadow Leader, Councillor J A Hawkes then presented a bouquet of flowers to the outgoing Mayoress, Mrs Amitt.


The Mayor, Councillor Burrell then invited Councillor Armitt to respond to the vote of thanks from Members.


Councillor Armitt began by congratulating the incoming Mayor, his Mayoress and the Deputy Mayor and her escort on their election to office. He thanked Councillor Burrell and Mrs Burrell for all their help and support in the preceding year as his Deputy Mayor and Mayoress.


He also thanked all those present for attending and offered special thanks to Councillor Mrs Goatley and Ms Bance the newly invested Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham and Mr and Mrs Holford the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and his wife for finding the time to attend the meeting.


Councillor Armitt firstly thanked Members for the gift with which had been presented, and stressed that the vouchers would be put to very good use in the garden by his wife. 


He then extended thanks to the Leader and Shadow Leader of the council and to all Councillors for allowing him to undertake the role of Mayor.  He had enjoyed his year immensely.


Councillor Armitt explained that while he did not intend to talk through each of his engagements he did have a number of highlights which he wished to draw to Member attention.


He drew particular attention to the performances of both “The Lion King” by year six of Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, and by Dartford Grammar School at the Mayor’s Ball, the many free events he had attended in Dartford Town Centre, and the numbers of schools that had visited him at the Civic Centre.


He also thanked Councillor Pat Kelly’s wife for her invaluable assistance as a translator when visited by a party of Japanese students.


Councillor Armitt announced that his charity appeal had raised £18750 so far and thanked members of his Charity Committee for their efforts during the year.  He also thanked members of Dartford Rugby Football Club who had attended almost all of the Mayors Charity events during the year.


He concluded by extending his thanks to Council Officers and Members the Mayoral support team for their work and his special thanks to his wife for the support and help which she had given to him during the past year.