New Mayor takes the chains

Published Friday, 11th May 2018

Chief Exec Ali Girffin, New Mayor Derek Jarvis and Adam Tregoning

The new Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Derek Jarvis has been inaugurated as the 98th first citizen of the Borough.

In his acceptance speech at the annual Mayor Making ceremony earlier today (Thursday 10 May), attended by hundreds of council officials, residents, family members and friends, Cllr Jarvis said: “I find it difficult to express fully to you what an honour it is to be elected the 98th Mayor of the Borough of Southend-on-Sea.”

Giving a flavour on his focus for the year ahead, he said: “We all have a duty to foster a feeling of wellbeing and pride in our Town. It is all too easy to let some of the bad news drown out everything that is great and good about the place we live in. During my year I want to take every opportunity to bang that drum and I urge you to join me.

“I am looking forward to a very active year ahead and to meeting many organisations in the town and to meeting Mayors from other local authorities across Essex which I hope will consolidate the communications and mutual aspirations of all of us for the county of Essex and the leading role of Southend-on-Sea in that endeavour.”

Cllr Fay Evans, the outgoing Mayor, also looked backed on a very successful year which saw her raise almost £40,000 for prostate and breast cancer. She said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to be your Mayor for the Borough of Southend-on-Sea and I do hope that I’ve done the Mayoralty justice.

“I shall look back on this year with many fond memories and hope that your next Mayor enjoys his time representing this amazing Borough as much as I have.

“I have really enjoyed the year, visiting so many charities and community groups and seeing the fantastic, selfless work they do for the people of our Borough. My heartfelt thanks also to all who have been so generous in supporting my charities. All of you are so special.”

Councillor Ann Holland was made Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the 2018/19 municipal year.

The Mayor will be raising money during his municipal year for Southend Blind Welfare. For more information on his charity, please visit the Southend Mayors Charity website. 

His chaplain will be Reverend Canon Louise Williams from the South Shoebury parish.

Councillor Derek Jarvis biography:

Councillor Jarvis represents the West Shoebury ward and was first elected to the Council in 2001.

He is the 98th person to be inaugurated as the Worshipful the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea.

Councillor Jarvis was Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism from 2008-2014 and serves on the Boards of Active Southend, British Destinations and Southend-on-Sea Arts Council, along with the Pier Museum Trust. He has also been a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Place Scrutiny Committee, and Development Control Committee.