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Dignitaries gather to welcome Penryn's new mayor Gill Grant

By WBCraig  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

  • Newly elected Mayor for 2014-15 Gill Grant reading the inscription on the 'Loving Cup' after taking office.

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MORE than 70 guests watched as Penryn's new mayor took office last night.

The civic procession made its way from the council offices to Temperance Hall, where Gill Grant was sworn in as mayor alongside Mark Snowden as her deputy for the coming year.

Invited guests included local dignitaries, such as former town clerk Eric Dawkins MBE, town mayors from Falmouth, Camborne and Truro, representatives from Mylor council, RNAS Culdrose, local voluntary groups and Cornwall Council chairman John Wood.

Due to a bereavement in the family, outgoing mayor Beverly Hulme was unable to attend.

Town clerk Michelle Davey said: “It was a little bit unusual as we didn’t have the outgoing mayor, as they normally pass the Loving Cup to the new mayor.

“But it went very well. It was very relaxed, quite light hearted.”

The ceremony was followed by a civic reception in the town hall.

The Loving Cup was presented to the council in 1633 by lady Jane Killigrew. It was valued by the BBC's Antiques Roadshow at £200,000.

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