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By Nigel Slater 17/05 Updated: 17/05 15:31
THE NEW Mayor of Pershore has said one of his priorities for the coming year is to improve and raise the profile of the town's youth centre.
Charles Tucker was officially elected at Pershore Town Council's annual meeting last Thursday (May 10) and takes over from John Grantham, Gaynor Amphlett was chosen as his deputy.
This is the first time Mr Tucker has been chosen as Mayor despite being on the town council for more than twenty years.
Speaking to the Observer, he said: "Its a great honour to be chosen as Mayor of Pershore and I'm looking forward to it immensely.
"I've been on the town council for 23 years and I never once thought when I joined the council that I would become Mayor," he added.
Mr Tucker said Pershore was facing a big year ahead with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations next month and work beginning in a bid to turn the town's library into a 21st century building.
His two chosen charities are the Acquired Aphasia Trust and the town's Riverside Youth Centre which he wants to see have a higher profile.
"The Riverside Youth Centre has lost quite of its lost of county council funding as a result of all the cutbacks in recent months and I feel its important that the work they do is supported," he said.
"We need to raise their profile so that they can continue to do their work. That is one of my main ambitions.
"I also want to record short YouTube videos of what the town council is doing and put them on the town council's website to provide an alternative way for people to find out what the town council is doing.
"I'm planning to invite groups to come along to the town council and tell us what they do. I want groups who I think we don't have much links with such as tell us what they do and see how we can help them out.
"It's going to be a busy and challenging time. There are a lot of things happening in the town, we've got the Jubilee next month and the rebuilding of the library will make a huge difference to the town.
"I'm looking forward to it being one of the best years of the council," he added.
Mr Tucker also praised outgoing mayor John Grantham for his efforts over the past year.
"John has done a lot of tremendous work in the town and I'm very grateful for all he has done. Nobody can doubt his service to the town," he added.
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