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Comber DUP councillor Trevor Cummings is tipped to take over the mayoral chain next week.
Current mayor Bill Keery’s term in office comes to an end over the next few days, and a new first citizen for Ards and North Down is due to be chosen at the council’s annual general meeting next Wednesday (June 3rd).
The council hasn’t met since March due to the coronavirus crisis, and while the date of the AGM was set long before the pandemic hit it’s understood the meeting will likely take place remotely using internet video conferencing rather than physically reopening Bangor Town Hall for the usual handover of the mayor’s chains of office.
Mr Cummings takes over at the most uncertain time for the council in living memory, and among his first duties will be to help hammer out a safe way to get the full council up and running again as lockdown restrictions slowly ease.
After that he’s likely to have a very unusual term – the mayor’s usual summer round of appearances at tourist events, sports tournaments and community days will be off the cards due to social distancing rules, and he’ll be expected to help brainstorm ways of getting the entire borough back on its financial feet as the pandemic passes.
Tipped for the deputy mayor position is Ards Peninsula councillor Nigel Edmund, also a DUP man, meaning the next year will be a mayoral double-header for the Democratic Unionists.