Councillor Anton Dani was appointed Mayor of Boston on Monday 20 May 2019.
The Mayor is Boston’s 485th Mayor and, so far as anyone knows, is the first Mayor of Boston not to have been born British.
The Mayor has been British for the past 20 years and is fiercely protective of his status, both as a Brit and a Bostonian, but he was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and grew up in France from around the age of eight.
The Mayor arrived in the UK in 1995 and now lives in Boston and represents Fenside Ward as a Conservative Councillor.
Cllr Dani was educated in France where he studied law and economics with a view to becoming a solicitor. He first came to England when he visited London on holiday and enrolled in a business school as part of his economics studies.
The Mayor has had a varied career including the manufacturing of plastic bags in Iceland, and taxi driving in Boston but predominantly within the hospitality and catering industry, overseas and in London. The Mayor opened his own business, Café de Paris, in Bridge Street, Boston, last year.
Elected in May 2015, Cllr Dani is a member of the Corporate and Community Committee, the Licensing, Regulatory and Appeals Committees and BTAC. He is also a substitute member for Planning Committee.
The Mayoress is Cllr Dani’s wife, Mrs Maria Dani. The Mayor and Mayoress have 2 sons, Sulaiman, 20 and Zakaria,16.
The Mayor has appointed Councillor Deborah Evans as his Deputy Mayor. Cllr Evans was elected in May 2019 representing the Staniland Ward of the Borough. She is a member of the Environment and Performance and Corporate and Community Scrutiny Committees, and also sits on the Licensing, Regulatory and Appeals Committee, BTAC and is a substitute member for Planning Committee. The Deputy Mayoress is Ms. Susan Gavey.
The Mayor said: “I am British and I have made Boston my home. I love this town. During my year as Mayor I would like to see more integration. I want to be an example as someone who has integrated and become involved in the community I have come to live in. I want Boston to be better. You have to start by respecting the lives of people in any country you come to.”
The Mayor’s nominated charities for the year are Macmillan Cancer Support and the Butterfly Hospice.