Anne Jones was elected the first woman mayor of Burgess Hill on Tuesday night.
“I am just overwhelmed and I think it is such a privilege,” Anne told the Middy.
“I think it is a privilege to be in a role that is so devoted to Burgess Hill, and to promote the town, because it is a very good place to live.”
Anne originally moved to Burgess Hill when she was first married and returned in 1995, revealing a ‘soft spot’ she says she has always had for the town.
Two years ago Burgess Hill Town Council split the traditional role of chairman into two roles; a more political council leader and a mayor, the town’s representative.
Anne Jones is the town’s first woman mayor, taking over from past-chairman and mayor until Tuesday Cllr Chris Thomas-Atkin.
“I feel a bit over-awed really that I am following someone who has carried that role very well for the past six years,” said Anne.
However, the Conservative councillor for all three tiers of local government is a past chair of Mid Sussex District Council, and so is familiar with the demands of the role which will see her regularly attending community events for the next year.
“I am most looking forward to meeting those people in the community who I may not have had contact with to date and to actually making sure that I best represent their needs in the town,” continued Anne.