New Mayor of Christchurch0
Honorary Freeman Cllr John Lofts has been sworn in as Mayor of Christchurch. Cllr Lofts serves the Highcliffe ward and was elected to the Borough Council in 1987 and to Dorset County Council in 1989, remaining as a Dorset County Councillor for 20 years. He served on the Police Authority for 13 years, 10 years as Vice-Chairman, and on the Dorset Pension Fund for 19 years, 10 years as Chairman where he is still a Member representing the Dorset Districts and Boroughs.
He has also served as a Governor of both the Highcliffe Schools and their predecessors for more than 20 years. He was previously Mayor of Christchurch in 1998/99 and three years ago he was appointed as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.
He was born in Dartford, Kent in 1931 and joined the I.T.N.T. College, HMS Worcester in 1945 in order to go to sea as a career, which he did in 1948. He obtained his Masters F. G. Certificate in 1957 and then worked for the Post Office (later becoming BT) in the Submarine Cable business, retiring in 1985 as Marine Superintendent. He then joined Fujitsu of Japan as a Consultant until 2006.