TRIBUTES were paid to both the old and the new at this week’s annual mayor-making ceremony at Rushmoor Council.
After a successful year as deputy, Cllr Frank Rust was elected as the first citizen of the borough.
The Labour councillor representing Heronwood ward, will conduct his year in office with wife Carol as mayoress.
He was elected in 1994 for the old Newport ward and since his retirement from business, has also chaired the board of governors at Aldershot’s Connaught School.
“I feel overwhelmed by this honour,” said Cllr Rust, who named Farnborough-based Parity for Disability and the Army Garrison Welfare Fund, as his chosen charities for the coming year.
The choice of mayor was backed by fellow Labour councillor Don Cappleman who said: “The main reason why most of us become councillors is to represent the residents of the borough.
“Frank has done this ably throughout his term as councillor. As mayor he will do this equally as well.”
Cllr Colin Balchin, who was elected as deputy mayor, said: “I believe that the mayor is the highest honour a resident of this borough can receive. I am really looking forward to contributing to making the year a tremendous success.”
The new mayor paid tribute to his predecessor, Cllr Brian Jupp, who said he and his wife Margaret had enjoyed an “absolutely marvellous” year.
Cllr Jupp said: “It started with the Queen’s jubilee celebrations, followed by the Farnborough air show. The best thing was that we have had the opportunity to meet so many people.
“In particular, I would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers who keep these organisations going.”
It was revealed Cllr Jupp raised, at the last count, £8,750 for charity during his year as mayor. He presented cheques to Arthritis Care and the Army Garrison Welfare Fund.