The Mayor

Each year the Council elects from amongst its Members a Town Mayor and a Deputy Town Mayor.

The Mayor is elected by Members of the Town Council at the Annual Council Meeting which takes place in May and the Office of Mayor is for one year. The Town Council Merit Awards are also handed out annually.

The Deputy Mayor will substitute for the Mayor when he / she is not available and is the Mayor Elect.

The Mayor of Littlehampton has a very active Facebook page highlighting their attendance at events and showcasing the many activities they participate in see

Billy Blanchard-Cooper

Littlehampton Town Council Mayor 2018/19 - Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper

The full correct description on letters and envelopes is - The Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor and their first and last name.   A letter should start with "Dear Mr/Mrs Mayor".

When greeting the Mayor it is correct to say, for example: "Good evening Mayor".

In speeches, one would say, for example, "We are pleased to have with us the Mayor of Littlehampton Town Council, Councillor and their first and last name".  In the preamble to a speech being made in the Town one would say "Mr/Mrs Mayor".  If it is the host who is making the speech he/she would refer to the Mayor first in the preamble unless a member of the Royal Family is present.

Unless in the Chair, the Mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman or host at any function in the Town. If other dignitaries are invited, such as the Chair of Arun District Council, please seek advice from Town Council officers on the correct protocol.

Born in Hackney London Billy has lived in Littlehampton since he was nine years old when his family relocated and he now considers Littlehampton to be home.

In the past his interests have included hosting successful Karaoke and charitable events as himself and his drag alter ego. Since meeting his partner he has become actively involved in local groups and events. Billy and his partner are well known for their love of musicals and he is the publicity officer for the Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society, the town’s longest standing amateur Theatre Company which regularly perform at the Windmill Theatre. More recently having raised funds for the Friends of Mewsbrook Park during his first term as Mayor he has become Chairman for the Society. 

As someone who enjoys living and working in Littlehampton he can often be spotted at many of the towns events such as the Pancake Olympics, Armed Forces Day and the Love Littlehampton Festival, being either involved or showing his support. As a believer in local events he tries to get others to help and support with these and any other local events as well to keep Littlehampton special.

He regularly enjoys taking leisurely walks around the town centre, the seafront, river side and Mewsbrook Park, which he sees as being some of the town’s best assets. He feels it’s important to maintain and promote the strengths of the town while sympathetically progressing and enhancing what the town has to offer for the residents and visitors while not losing the towns charm and character.

The Mayor attends a variety of events throughout the year in and around Littlehampton. Events range from business openings to award presentations. If you would like to invite the Mayor to your function please complete the booking form.


See our list of Past Mayors which starts in 1974.