Old meets new as David takes over

David Bretherton is the town's new mayor
David Bretherton is the town's new mayor

THE elected members at Thame Town Council were revealed this week, with Councillor David Bretherton taking over as mayor.

He was re-elected after previously holding the position in 2007 and is looking forward to the year ahead.

He said: “I realise it will be hard work but I am really excited about it as it is just such a privilege to represent the town.

“I now plan to attend as many events as possible and represent Thame as best as I can.

“The previous mayor (Adam Buckland) will be a hard act to follow so I will just have to try my best.”

Mr Bretherton will get straight into his mayoral duties tonight (Friday) as he speaks to the town’s twinning association at the football club.

He is now keen to get out into the community and meet all the volunteers who help in different organisations.

“I am most looking forward to meeting everybody,” he said.

“There are so many people who give their time to help out so it is nice to see them at the events I get invited to.”

He will be supported throughout the year by newly-appointed deputy mayor Nigel Champken-Woods.

The pair share a long history of working together, which dates back to 1967.

Mr Bretherton said: “We have worked together for a number of years, in fact we worked out that in 1967 we both joined the air force within two weeks of each other.”

The new mayor has also announced the two charities that he will be supporting during the year are the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Scouts – the same two he chose when in the role in 2007.

Away from his town duties, Mr Bretherton is retired and volunteers his time at the Thame Museum.