Trainer John Berry was elected unanimously on Monday nightPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Trainer Berry elected Newmarket mayor
JOHN BERRY became the first trainer to be elected mayor of Newmarket at the annual meeting of the town's council on Monday night.
Berry, 48, served as deputy to outgoing mayor Rachel Hood during the past 12 months and was elected unanimously.
Berry said: "I'm honoured to accept this role. One thing we must try to remember is that we are all on the same side."
After the recent elections, racing is better served than ever on the town council with eight of the 17 seats, an increase from four previously.
They include John Morrey of Tattersalls and Philippa Winter, widow of trainer John. Berry's fellow trainer Conrad Allen also takes his seat for the first time.
Four years ago racing was represented on the town council for the first time in over 30 years when Berry, Hood and James Fanshawe's wife Jacko were voted in and all three were re-elected to serve another term.
Also sitting in the council chamber was horse-box driver Andrew Appleby for the West Suffolk Independents.