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A NEW mayor is in town – and he plans to do nothing less than make sure Gosport earns national recognition.

Councillor John Beavis was elected by his colleagues at a meeting of full council held today at Thorngate Halls, in Bury Road, Gosport.

Cllr John Beavis

Cllr John Beavis

Distinguished guests, including local sailing hero Alex Thomson, and members of the public gathered to see him into office.

Cllr Beavis told those gathered that he plans to ensure Gosport is recognised for its marine businesses and leisure activities, along with its commitment to advanced engineering at the new Daedalus enterprise zone.

He said: ‘I really think that we’ve got a wonderful community here in Gosport.

‘There’s so much that people do and talented people in the borough who I want to become involved with.

‘I think the Daedalus enterprise zone is offering us so many opportunities in the borough for young people to find work and employment.’

He added he will be championing local businesses, particularly at Royal Clarence Yard, promoting their presence.

And during his mayoral year, Cllr Beavis, along with his wife and mayoress, Christine Beavis, will support three local charities.

They will raise cash for Motiv8, a community-based charity that helps young people who are in need, aged from 13 to 19.

Connect Advocacy, based in Gosport, which helps people with learning difficulties will also receive support after being chosen as one of the mayor’s charities.

The RYA OnBoard scheme, run by Lee Sailing will also receive support for its work training young people out on the water.

Cllr Beavis, a former officer in the navy, replaces Cllr Richard Dickson, member for Christchurch.

He has attended more than 300 events in his year as mayor when Cllr Beavis was deputy.

Cllr Dickson and his partner Bobby Irvine won praise from the council’s deputy leader, Cllr Graham Burgess for his ‘wit and one-liners’ while mayor.