New Appleby mayor to bring“touch of youth” to role

Date: Friday 22nd March 2019
Jilly Dixon-Doughert
Jilly Dixon-Doughert

TOWN councillors at Appleby have nominated a new mayor who is set to take up the historic role in May.

Jilly Dixon-Dougherty was the only nominee at a meeting of the council on Wednesday. At the age of 40 she is the youngest person on the council and is deputy mayor to Stan Rooke.

Hugh Potts, father of the council, said it was his pleasure to nominate Jilly as he had known her since her family moved to the town in 1988.

Having attended Appleby primary and grammar schools, she began work for the Environment Agency at Penrith and had risen through the ranks and now travels all over the country dealing with planning and environmental issues.

Mr Potts said he had been impressed with the pride and dignity with which she carried out her responsibilities at the Armistice Sunday parade when she stood in for the mayor. “I have no doubt Jilly Dixon-Dougherty is the lady to stand as mayor of Appleby Town Council for the coming year,” he said.

The nomination was seconded by Andy Connell, who commented that Mrs Dixon-Dougherty will be the first of his former pupils to be mayor. He added that she will bring a “touch of youth” to the council.

Mrs Dixon-Dougherty (pictured)accepted the nomination and thanked councillors for the honour.