New mayor’s hopes for youth groups

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The new Mayor of Peterlee says he is planning to work hard to raise as much funds as possible for the town’s young people.

Councillor Ron Curtis has been named as the new mayor by Peterlee Town Council and will be joined by his wife Elizabeth who will be mayoress.

Coun Curtis takes over from Coun Bob Kyle who handed over the chains of office during a special ceremony during the council’s annual meeting.

Coun Kyle thanked all the people who helped him raise £7,250 that has been donated to 12 charities including Hartlepool RNLI, the Great North Air Ambulance, St Cuthbert’s Church, in Peterlee, two Peterlee under-8s football teams and town-based boy scout and girl guides groups.

Another £800 was raised at the Mayor’s Charity Presentation Night earlier this month by Coun Kyle’s daughter, Joanne Taylor, who had her headshaved and donated her hair to help cancer sufferers, along with a further £300 raised through a raffle.

Coun Curtis says he is hoping to raise as much as he can during his second term as mayor, after taking office for the first time in 2005-06.

The dad of two, who has three grandchildren, said: “It is absolutely brilliant to be mayor again and I’m really proud.

“I will do my absolute best to represent the people of Peterlee and Peterlee Town Council.

“The main charities will be based around Peterlee’s youth, because they are our future.

“The more that I make the more charities will get.

“Hopefully people will get involved with different fundraisers throughout the year and we will raise as much as we can.”

The Eden Hill ward councillor, who has been on the council for 13 years, is a retired caretaker at Eden Hall Infants School, in Peterlee.

His wife Elizabeth works at Hartlepool College of Further Education as a lecturer in employability and numeracy and literacy and has worked there for six years.

After completing his second term as mayor, Coun Kyle, who worked alongside his mayoress Carol O’Connor, said: “We have enjoyed our year and I want to thank everyone from the council and all the staff for helping us through our year.”