THE leader of a campaign to re-introduce brine baths to Droitwich, has been elected as the town’s new mayor.

Councillor Bill Moy will replace Councillor Chris Bowden after one year in the role.

He was sworn in during the annual meeting of the town council on Monday.

Having donned his new robes, the mayor said he would “keep Droitwich Spa running like a well-oiled brine pump.”

One of five directors of Save Our Brine Baths, a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) since last year, Cllr Moy was nominated by Councillor Bob Brookes.

Seconding the nomination, Councillor Alan Humphries said: “People should vote for people who do something in their communities not just in time for elections. Cllr Moy fits into that category.”

Cllr Moy, who was first elected onto the town council in May 2017, selected his wife Dilys as the mayoral consort, while fellow Councillor Graham Beale was voted in as deputy mayor.

Cllr Beale has served as both mayor and deputy mayor of the town previously.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Bowden said: “This year has been one of the best years of my life. I have really felt honoured to represent the town as mayor. I shall never forget it. I have had some wonderful experiences.”

She also told her husband and mayoral consort, Eric: “Thank you for being there every step of the way.”

During her year in the position, Cllr Bowden raised £3,700 for her chosen charities SOBBS, the Swan Rescue Centre and the town’s Stroke Club.

“Bill, I hope you have as much enjoyment as I have,” she added. An application for a new brine bath at Lido Park was given outline permission last year.