UK mayor banned from 36 town pubs, resigns from office

Nelson's bar was one of many which banned former mayor Wayne Ronayne, who was banned from almost as many pubs as days he was in office. Credit: Google Maps
Nelson’s bar was one of many which banned former mayor Wayne Ronayne, who was banned from almost as many pubs as days he was in office.
Credit: Google Maps

There’s an opening for a new reigning couple in Gosport, UK – preferably one that doesn’t drink. Former mayor Wayne Ronayne held office for only 40 short days before resigning from his position, following his banning from 36 local pubs after a drunken display only hours after winning the mayoral election.

Ronayne and his partner Paula Carter had partaken in alcohol-fueled celebrations upon winning office, and were escorted out of one pub and denied entrance from another for bad behavior, says the Daily Mail. Upon being dragged out of the first pub, Carter was “clearly drunk” and allegedly said, “Do you know who I am? … I’m the mayoress of Gosport I can have you closed down.”

Unfortunately for her, it doesn’t look like that threat holds weight any longer, as Ronayne relinquished his mayorship after being banned from all pubs in the town for six months; Carter received a 12-month ban. Local residents took to social media to express disapproval of the couple’s behavior, calling it “disgraceful” and demanding Ronayne’s resignation.

According to Express, the former mayor does not admit to any wrongdoing, but does not wish to tarnish Gosport’s reputation – though he will remain on the town council. Fellow council member Peter Chegwyn says that ”He’s done the right thing and the public will recognize that. But he should have done this a month ago.”


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