It’s mayor Maddie and Brian as her deputy

Councillor Maddie Chapman was elected as the new Mayor of Exmouth at the annual meeting of the Exmou

Councillor Maddie Chapman was elected as the new Mayor of Exmouth at the annual meeting of the Exmouth Town Council on Monday evening and is pictured with Town Crier Roger Bourgein. Ref exe 7022-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Brixington’s Maddie Chapman has been elected as Exmouth’s mayor, taking over the mantle from Bill Nash.

The ceremonial hand-over took place at this week’s annual town council meeting, which also saw 10 new councillors taking up their seats on the 25-seat town council.

In what has become a tradition, the previous year’s deputy took over the role, which doubles as chairman of the council.

Councillor Chapman’s deputy is fellow Brixington councillor Brian Cole, who was chosen over Lib Dem Steve Gazzard.

New Conservative councillors are: Littleham, Paul Dean; Brixington, Jeff Trail; Withycombe, Brian Bailey and Richard Scott; Town ward, Terry Darville and Tony Hill; Halsdon, Emma Gibbons and Fred Caygill.

Green councillor Rob Masding (Town ward) and Lib Dem Clare Gough (Town ward) were also elected.