'True yellowbelly' is new Gosberton Parish Council chairman
A “true Lincolnshire yellowbelly” is the new chairman of Gosberton Parish Council.
Coun Sue Thorley, a retired primary school financial officer, took up the role for the first time during the council’s annual meeting at Gosberton Public Hall last Monday, with Coun John Clark elected as vice chairman.
After joining the council in 2010, Coun Thorley was elected vice chairman in 2016 alongside outgoing chairman Coun Tim Smith.
Coun Thorley said: “I’ve never been chairman before so I’’m pleased, even though I was expecting it.
“I was quite prepared to take on the chairmanship because I’d been vice chairman for the past two years.
“In the past, we’ve alternated it so that we have a chairman from the village ward and a vice chairman from the Risegate ward.
“But we changed things slightly last year because it takes a year to get into the chairman’s job.
“So Tim very kindly took on the role again last year and that worked very well.”
Coun Thorley, who previously worked as bursar at Donington Cowley Endowed Primary School, identified the expansion of Wargate Way cemetery, new play equipment and a facelift for the war memorial as the council’s three priorities for the coming year.
She said: “An extension to the cemetery needs to our number one priority because we’re fast running out of space for burial plots.
“The second priority is to update the play equipment on the playing field in High Street and to try and improve it.
“We’re also going to get the war memorial ready for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November and we hope to purchase two of the Silent Soldier silhouettes.”
In January, the council set aside a budget of £60,000 for the cemetery expansion and £20,000 for play equipment, subject to a match-funding agreement with Gosberton and District Community Action Team.
Coun Thorley said: “I was born in Donington and lived there until I got married and moved to Gosberton Clough 42 years ago.
“So I’m a true Lincolnshire yellowbelly.”