New Young Mayor Elected

The second annual Young Mayor Making ceremony took place on Thursday 17th October in the council offices.
A very successful year, during which the youth councillors, have helped to raise nearly £600 for Age UK Lancashire, and received a certificate of “Recognition” for community engagement by Lancashire County Council “Celebrate YOUth Awards” 2013.
To quote from LCC: “This award identifies young people who help to promote a sense of community and improve the quality of people’s lives. It recognises young people who have demonstrated that they are committed to bringing people together and inspire changes that lead to improvements to their local community”
Past Young Mayor Rory Mower handed over the chain of office to Youth Councillor Louise McCarthy in front of many invited community leaders, and friends and family.
The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP has kept a close eye on this council, as it has grown from a fledgling youth panel to making history as being formalised into Garstang’s first ever Youth Council. He was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent this statement of support:
Youth Mayor Making – Garstang
17 October 2013

I am very sorry not to be able to attend this special occasion. I had been looking forward to being with you this evening to witness the second Garstang Youth Mayor Making, but unfortunately I am required in Westminster on Government business.

I know the Youth Council has had a busy first year and I have been impressed by the wide range of issues which the Councillors have raised and become involved with: everything from road markings and tackling crime to supporting the elderly in our community and the provision of recreational facilities. I hope the Council have found their hard work to be rewarded. I certainly believe their efforts make a significant contribution to the community.

I am delighted that all the young people here tonight have been inspired to get involved in their community in such a positive and productive way. We often hear that young people are disinterested in politics and this is very concerning. I am pleased that this is not the case in Garstang and I hope that the Youth Councillors will continue to remain engaged in the issues affecting their community for the rest of their lives.

I would like to recognise the leadership shown by the first Youth Mayor, Rory Mower, over the last year and to wish Louise McCarthy every success for the year ahead.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of Lynn Harter, Edwina Parry and Dulcie Atkins. I would like to thank them for their efforts.

I wish you all the very best and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

I am sure we all wish Young Mayor Louise the very best for her year of office, and we are sure she will be a great ambassador for all young people in Garstang.
It was Louise’s night as she was nominated and won the Lady Atkins senior “Young Citizen of the Year” award.
A fellow youth councillor, Oliver Atkinson was a worthy winner of the Carrs Jewellers junior “Young Citizen of the Year” award.
Thanks to the Garstang Courier for running this competition, and well done to all the runners up whom also received recognition of their hard work and achievements at these awards.