Duddy is new Mayor of Coleraine

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DUP councillor George Duddy is the new Mayor of Coleraine.

Councillor Duddy was installed as the last ever Mayor of the Coleraine Borough at the annual general meeting tonight (Monday).

In his acceptance speech he thanked the outgoing Mayor, David Harding and added: “As we all are only to aware, this council has been operating in very challenging economic times.

“There are more challenging times ahead for Coleraine following the council mergers. As we enter the last nine months of this council it must be with a continued sense of purpose.

“We must continue moving forward and capitalising on new opportunities and ensure the many projects that are in the pipeline are finished either now or during the Causeway Councils tenure. Coleraine has been an administrative centre for hundreds of years and we must do all in our power to ensure Coleraine continues as the administrative centre for the new Causeway Council.”

Looking ahead to 2015, Mayor Duddy added: “During 2015 I want to organise a civic service of thanksgiving to commemorate the work of Coleraine Borough Council since its inception in 1973.”

The Deputy Mayor is Alliance councillor Yvonne Boyle.

We’ll bring you more on this in next week’s edition.