Second mayoral role for Bob

The outgoing Mayor of Peterlee John Hardy (right) presents the chain of office to the new mayor Bob Kyle
The outgoing Mayor of Peterlee John Hardy (right) presents the chain of office to the new mayor Bob Kyle

IT was second time lucky for a newly-instated ceremonial mayor.

Peterlee town councillor Bob Kyle was named the new Peterlee Mayor during a ceremony at the local authority’s headquarters, Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites, last night.

It is the second time Mayor Kyle has held the prestigious role, having previously been the town’s mayor in 2006-07, when he raised an impressive £22,000 for local charities.

He said: “I’m over the moon to be mayor again.”

The 64-year-old took over the civic chains having been deputy to last year’s mayor, Coun John Hardy, who placed the ceremonial chains around his successor’s neck.

Mayor Kyle, who has spent 20 years on the town council, told the council chamber, which included around 20 members of his proud family: “I would like to thank the council for letting this be the second time of me being mayor and thank you all the councillors.”

Councillor Hardy, who raised £12,300 for Help for Heroes, Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Support, Hartlepool and District Hospice and 12 other charities, accepted a medal from the new mayor for his year of office and said: “Thank you Bob, I will rephrase that with your permission – thank you Mr Mayor.”

Mayor Kyle, a Labour Party member who represents the Acre Rigg ward, has vowed to help raise money for the Great North Ambulance, Help for Heroes, the Hartlepool and Sunderland RNLI crews, the Daisy Chain autism charity and on research into MECP2, a condition caused by the duplication of chromosomes over the next 12 months.