Neston is set have its first Junior Mayor installed next week.
Neston Town Council have initiated the scheme in partnership with the town’s four primary schools. There will also be two Deputy Junior Mayors.
Outgoing Town Mayor Cllr Mike Shipman said, “As well as providing an additional link between the Town Council and the town’s primary schools, staff and pupils, the initiative will involve young people in the civic life of the town, and provide additional opportunities to deliver aspects of the National Curriculum, in particular preparing to play an active role as citizens.”
The identity of the first Junior Mayor will be announced before the start of the Annual Meeting of the Council on Tuesday 16th May. But we can be revealed that she is a pupil at Neston Primary School. She and her two deputies, one from Parkgate Primary and one from St Winefride’s Primary, will be invested at 6:00 pm at a brief ceremony at the Town Hall.
Rob Golding, Headteacher at Neston Primary said, “The four local Primary Schools are delighted to be involved in this new initiative and we would like to thank Neston Town Council for inviting us to take part. We all hope that the role will develop further over the coming years so that some of the younger members of the community can take an active role. You never know we may even discover a future Town Mayor!”
During their year of office the Mayor and deputies will be representing their peer group on appropriate civic and other occasions, such as the Village Fair, Remembrance Day and Town Christmas celebrations as well as Inter-school events.
They will also be responsible for drawing to the attention of the Town Council matters of particular concern to their own school councils.
Schools have worked out a rota to ensure all schools provide the Junior Mayor over a four-year cycle.