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In 1891 some 35 per cent of the Manx population was living in Douglas, placing additional demands on the town. The Douglas Municipal Corporation Act of 1895 provided for the election of 18 councillors for the town’s six wards with six aldermen elected by the councillors. This legislation enabled the formation of the Municipal Borough of Douglas in 1896.

 

The first Mayor of Douglas was Alderman Thomas Keig JP, a cabinet maker and amateur astronomer who helped pioneer photography in the Island. Since then 85 men and women have served the Borough as Mayor. 

 

For the 2017-2018 municipal year the holder of the office is Her Worship the Mayor of Douglas Councillor Miss Debra (Debbie) Anne Marie Pitts JP. who will be supported by Mrs Linda Curphey as Mayoress. 

 

Arsz mayir pitts portraits-018 copyHer Worship the Mayor of Douglas, Councillor Debbie Pitts JP

 

Elected to the Council in 2012 to serve Derby ward Her Worship, who prefers to be known as Debbie rather than Debra, was born and raised in Douglas, the daughter of Councillor Stephen Pitts and the late Dot Pitts, both of whom have served as Mayor of Douglas, and has one sister and two brothers. She attended Ballacloan Infants School then Fairfield Primary School and later Ballakermeen High School, before strudying nursery nursing at the then Isle of Man College, (now University College Isle of Man). After placements in the children's ward of Noble's Hospital and Knotfield, (now The Children's Centre), she secured a full-time position as a nursery nurse at Noble's Hospital, working there for 16 years before moving to Hospice Isle of Man's Rebecca House in 2007 where she works to this day and of which she says: 'It is a very challenging but rewarding environment and I am part of a wonderful team, making a difference to young patients' lives.'

 

In her spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews  who range in ages from one to eight...'and who keep me on my toes'. 

 

'My father has been a councillor for most of my childhood. He was the Mayor of Douglas in 2001 and my mother followed him as Mayor in 2008 so local politics as a whole really run through my family. 

 

'I am looking forward to a busy and challenging year as the Mayor of Douglas, when I hope to represent the town of Douglas, build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, while raising money for my chosen charities.'

 

Arsz mayir pitts portraits-111 copyThe Mayoress of Douglas Mrs Linda Curphey

 

The Mayoress of Douglas is Mrs Linda Curphey. Manx born and bred Mrs Curphey has two children, Sarah, a chartered insurance broker working in Douglas and Adam, who gained a law degree from University College, Oxford and is a lecturer at BBP Law School, in Holborn, London. 

 

Mrs Curphey has 'four wonderful grandchildren' ranging from 18 months to 17 years and after a series of part-time jobs to fit in with the demands of a young family, at 40 years old decided to study for a nursery nursing diploma at Isle of Man College. On gaining her diploma she joined the Children's Hospice Care at Home team and later applied for and was accepted as a nursery nurse at Rebecca House where she has worked for some 10 years and where she met Debbie Pitts of whom she says: 'I have seen how focused and hardworking she is in both her career and as a member of Douglas Borough Council. I was extremely pleased for her when she was voted in as Mayor and I am very proud she has asked me to be Mayoress for the forthcoming municipal year. I plan to support her in this role and hopefully raise a lot of money for her chosen charities.'

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:47