A NEW town mayor has been appointed and vows to boost town causes.
The Mayor of Peterlee, Coun Don Milsom has pledged to raise as much money as he can for four causes close to his heart.
The Labour councillor and Passfield ward representative has taken up the role from 2013-14 Mayor, Coun Ron Curtis.
“It feels great, like I’ve won the lottery,” said Mayor Milsom, who has been a town councillor for 11 years and was also a District of Easington councillor from 2007-09.
“I feel high as a kite and I’m very proud.”
Mayor Milsom has pledged to raise as much money as possible for his chosen causes, hoping to do as well as his predecessor Coun Curtis, who raised a staggering £11,217.82 for youth-linked causes in the town during his year as Mayor.
One is Help for Heroes, as Mayor Milsom’s stepson David Rowe served as a Sergeant in the Medical Corps in Iraq and Northern Ireland.
Another is The Backup Trust, which supports those affected by spinal chord injury, after the Mayor’s grandson Michael Rowe, 35, was left paralysed after a tree crushed his car 14 years ago.
The third is Hartlepool & District Hospice, which helps East Durham residents suffering life-threatening illnesses.
Mayor Milsom, and his Mayoress wife Coun Margaret Milsom, who have four children between them, is also supporting any activities connected to Peterlee youth.
Mayor Milsom, who has campaigned for traffic-calming measures and highlighted environmental issues in the local denes, said: “I’m just going to do the best I can to make the most charity money as I can, and all my family are keen to help.”
The Mayor, who worked at Horden pit for 27 years and Dawdon colliery for seven years and has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, was bestowed his new title in front of fellow councillors and his relatives during a ceremony at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites.
Mayor Milsom’s new deputy is Dene House Labour councillor Celia Baty.