Chichester council stalwart becomes mayor for third time

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A LONG-serving Chichester city and district councillor has become mayor of the city for the third time.

Cllr Anne Scicluna, who was born in Chichester and has been a member of both councils since 1979, assumed the ancient title at the historic mayor-making ceremony last night (Wednesday).

Cllr Scicluna, a Liberal Democrat, who represents the city’s south ward, succeeded Cllr Tony French – mayor for the past 12 months. She served as mayor in 1983-84 and 1993-94, and for the past year has served as deputy mayor.

Her father, the late Alderman John Gilbert, was Mayor of Chichester in 1971.A trained teacher and youth worker, Cllr Scicluna is interested in youth work, international friendship, conservation, archaeology and history, and has written a paper on ‘Chichester’s Struggle for Parish Status 1974.’.

For several years, until its dissolution, she was chairman of the Western Area Youth and Community Committee.

Cllr Alan Chaplin is the new deputy mayor. He has lived in Chichester for 34 years and, like Cllr Scicluna, is also a member of both the city and district councils. A Liberal Democrat, he served as a member of West Sussex County Council from 2005 to 2009, representing its Chichester south division.