Landlord to Thame mayor’s office in four years

Left to right: Former mayor Nigel Champken-Woods, Trudi Lambert and Peter Lambert, the new Mayor of Thame. Picture by Frank Millar
Left to right: Former mayor Nigel Champken-Woods, Trudi Lambert and Peter Lambert, the new Mayor of Thame. Picture by Frank Millar
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A pub landlord who only planned to stay in Thame for just four weeks has become the town’s new mayor.

Peter Lambert moved to Thame with his wife Trudi four years ago to look after the Cross Keys pub for a month, but ended up staying.

He replaces Nigel Champken-Woods, who will be remembered most for helping bring in Thame’s neighbourhood plan.

Mr Lambert said: “If you had told me that four years down the line I would be mayor I would have told you to stop being ridiculous.

“It something I never expected to ever do.

“Councillors would come to the pub after meetings and after a while some of them convinced me to put myself up as a councillor. I got elected and now here I am.”

The new mayor said he wants to make sure people still feel involved in the neighbourhood plan as it progresses and that he is a real mayor ‘for Thame’.

He said: “I believe if there is something going on in Thame I should be there.”

As is customary, the mayor has nominated two local charities he will be fundraising for during his time in office, Safari and Thame Players.

The former helps adults with learning disabilities to come together for support, while the latter is a theatre group which is in need of money to help improve its facilities.