Garstang Youth Council's AGM a big success

Garstang Youth Council 2015
Garstang Youth Council 2015
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The chains of the youth mayor were handed over as Garstang Youth Council held a successful Annual General Meeting.

It was held at the town's council offices in front of a packed crowd of people from the community and dignitaries.

Wyre mayor Tom Balmain with Oliver Atkinson

Wyre mayor Tom Balmain with Oliver Atkinson

Former youth mayor 14-year-old Oliver Atkinson did the mayor making by handed over his chains to the new mayor Myles Sutcliffe.

Mayor of Garstang, Lynn Harter described Oliver's year as mayor as "very successful" and along with his fellow councillors raised £718 for his chosen mayoral charity Kepple Lane Park Trust. The trust is working towards developing Kepple Lane Park into a multi-use area for all the family.

Myles will hope for an equally successful year and declared his charity for the year would be the ADAM appeal, which is a not-for-profit charity which aims to raise funds to provide cardiac defibrillators to schools, colleges, sports halls and community venues and raise awareness of cardiac risk to young people, locally and ultimately nationally.

The event also saw the presentation of the Young Citizen of the Year Award. The Lady Atkins Senior Trophy went to Oliver Atkinson who was nominated by his headteacher Phil Birch from Garstang Community Academy. It was presented to him by the mayor of Wyre, coun Tom Balmain. The Carr's Junior Trophy, went to Declan Stephen, who was nominated by his headteacher Helen Ife, from Garstang St Thomas' Primary School. The youth council also awarded their own citizen trophy to Garstang Town Council clerk Edwina Parry and a bravery award to three-year-old Pippa Cole, from Garstang, who has been diagnosed with a aggressive brain cancer.

Former Garstang Youht Council mayor handing the chains over to now youth mayor Myles Sutcliffe

Former Garstang Youht Council mayor handing the chains over to now youth mayor Myles Sutcliffe

Coun Lynn Harter, who is founder of Garstang Youth Council, said: "I cannot stress enough how proud I am of these young people. They are all a credit to Garstang, and the youth council just grows from strength to strength each year. Well done Oliver, and congratulations to Myles."