Two veteran politicians, a doctor and a professor will make sure the civic flame continues to burn brightly in Newcastle-under-Lyme during the year ahead.
Cllr. David Becket, who represents the Halmer End ward on the borough council, has been installed as the Mayor for 2012/13.
His wife, Dr Anne Becket, a doctor of philosophy, will be the Mayoress and their daughter Clare Holdsworth, a social geography professor at Keele University will perform the ceremonial duties of High Constable.
Supporting them as Deputy Mayor in some civic duties will be Cllr. Eddie Boden.
After accepting the chain of office, the new Mayor said: “This is a tremendous honour both for me and my family and we are really looking forward to representing the people of this borough locally, regionally and nationally.”
During his civic year, Cllr. Becket will raise money for two worthy causes which both support local young people.
The first is the Realise Foundation – a charity which outgoing Mayor Cllr. Hambleton also raised funds for.
The Realise Foundation is a unique regeneration charity created to unleash the full potential of people and communities across North Staffordshire.
Cllr. Becket will also support the New Vic Theatre’s Borderlines project.
Cllr. Trevor Hambleton, who was supported during his year in office by his wife Sandra as Mayoress, travelled about 7,500 miles representing Newcastle-under-Lyme at hundreds of functions.
He said: “The last 12 months have been a great honour and being Mayor is a privilege I will certainly never forget.”
Around £8,000 will have been collected during his year in office which will be shared between his three Mayoral charities – the Realise Foundation, the North Staffs Adventure Playground and Elizabeth House.
He ended his year in office by making a special presentation to the borough council of a statuette of the Guildhall.
Cllr. Hambleton commissioned the piece from PM Training – a locally based social enterprise which provides high quality training and employment opportunities with a particular focus on tackling worklessness among young people.
Engineering apprentice Dan Cutter from Fenton was given the task of producing the item and he was at the Annual Council meeting in Newcastle this week with his parents Christine and Kevin to hand the piece over to Cllr. Hambleton (photograph attached to this release as a jpeg).
The statuette will go on display at the borough council.