VE Day silence at South Holland count

Veteran Tory Francis Biggadike (right) threw his hat across the stage as he topped the poll in Holbeach Town. Pictured from left are Coun Paul Foyster, Martin Howard and Coun Tracey Carter. SG080515-229TW
Veteran Tory Francis Biggadike (right) threw his hat across the stage as he topped the poll in Holbeach Town. Pictured from left are Coun Paul Foyster, Martin Howard and Coun Tracey Carter. SG080515-229TW
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Frenetic activity at Friday’s count came to a standstill for two minutes to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Without Britain’s wartime servicemen and women, free and fair elections could have been consigned to history.

I am absolutely ecstatic, I can’t really describe how I feel.

New councillor Harry Drury

The Tories took two seats from the Independents in Long Sutton with Jack Tyrrell winning at his third attempt with a poll-topping 2,076 votes and Laura Eldridge claiming second spot with 1,922.

Andy Tennant (Ind) hung on, but fellow Independent David Wilkinson lost his seat.

Coun Tyrrell believes he could have won the seat ages ago had he switched to the Independents.

He said: “I wanted to do it as a Conservative – I am a Conservative person. I think Laura and I will do a good job for Long Sutton.

“I am absolutely gutted that David Wilkinson has gone. I think he has done marvellous work for Long Sutton.”

Another new face on the council is Spalding businessman Harry Drury (Con), who was top in Spalding St Mary’s – getting 94 more votes than council leader Gary Porter.

Coun Drury has attended district council cabinets as a lobbyist for the Chamber of Commerce, but will resign from that role.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and I will do my best to serve the residents of my ward and the district. I am absolutely ecstatic, I can’t really describe how I feel.”

Tory Jo Reynolds ousted Independent Sarah Wilkinson and beat off a UKIP challenge to take Gedney and the mum-of-two aims to “make a difference” in her community.

The Tories keep two seats in Holbeach Town but lose sitting councillor Rita Rudkin.

Veteran Conservative Francis Biggadike was returned with 1,902 votes alongside Tory newbie Tracey Carter (1,304) and UKIP’s Paul Foyster (1,290) claimed third spot, replacing Independent Martin Howard.