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Mayor's delight at re-election

The Mayor of Diss has been re-elected for a second term.

Councillors voted unanimously for Cllr Wenman to “continue his duties”, at last week's full council meeting.

In response to his re-election, Cllr Wenman said he was “gobsmacked” and said he looked forward to the coming year to build on the experience he had gained as well as working with council leader Julian Mason.

Mr Mason was also re-elected unanimously as council leader, after serving as interim leader since December.

No other nominations were received for either post.

Mr Wenman said: “It is gobsmacking, really. When I was asked to stand again, I talked about it and thought ‘Yes, if that’s what the council wants’.

“Everyone I have spoken to about it since said: ‘What a good idea’.

“I have obviously been doing something right.

"I would like to say thank you to all the councillors including those who have sadly had to leave us during the previous year. It has been a privilege being your mayor and it’s been great working as a team.”

Cllr Wenman went on to say: “I was asked earlier today what would my objectives be. It isn’t about what I want to achieve, it is what the council wants to achieve and I want to be part of achieving that, on behalf of the public.”

Mr Wenman, who has lived in Diss since 1995, thanked Graham Minshull and Mr Mason for their support as council leaders, a new role created in 2016.

“What the leaders have done has made it possible for me to do my job, meaning I can learn from my mistakes perhaps quicker than previous mayors, who did not have that support and had to do both roles themselves, which is just too much.

“That is part of the reason I can carry on because there is somebody else sharing the load with me.”

“We have not always seen eye-to-eye, but we seem to complement each other,” he said.

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