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Erewash welcomes a new Mayor

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor John Sewell, who was formally elected to the role for the 2022/2023 civic year at Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting on Thursday evening (12th May).

Councillor Sewell, who represents the Sawley Ward, will be supported by his wife Rose in his civic duties, with both proud of their ancestral roots in the borough that date back to 1800.

The Mayor has chosen to support the local branches of the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the local Cadet units as his civic charities and looks forward to helping raise awareness of the excellent work they carry out.

Councillor Sewell is looking forward to celebrating the borough and representing the residents of Erewash over the next year:

During my career I have travelled the world as a member of the UK Armed Forces but, as I was born and brought up in Sawley, I am so proud to be able to represent my local residents and in my civic year work for the good of everyone in the borough.

 “These last few years in particular have shown that by working together we can achieve so much and I look forward to meeting and thanking just some of those who work tirelessly every day to improve the quality of our lives.”

Councillor Sewell and Rose have been married for 55 years and have two children, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. 

His early life saw him work as a fireman at Toton Sidings before a career change to the Army when he joined the County Cavalry Regiment, the 9/12 Royal Lancers (POW) – serving 34 years before retiring as a Major.  Upon retiring he served a further 10 years as a civil servant working for the Ministry of Defence in Germany and the United Kingdom.  During his time in the armed forces, John was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Councillor Sewell is delighted that the Reverend Chris Smedley, Minister of St Michael’s Church, Breaston has agreed to act as his Chaplain during the forthcoming civic year.

The Deputy Mayor for the 2022/2023 civic year is Councillor Chris Corbett who represents Long Eaton’s Wilsthorpe ward on the Borough Council.

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