Wyre Council has elected Councilor Andrea Kay as its new Mayor for 2020/22 following a meeting of full council on 12 November. Councilor Howard Ballard has also been elected as Deputy Mayor.

At the meeting of full council, putting forward the motion to elect Councilor Kay as Mayor, Councilor Rita Amos commented: “Andrea has previously volunteered to help children and young people from deprived backgrounds in Moss Side, Manchester, to try and improve their lives and did this for 10 years. When moving here, she continued to do this.”

Councilor Amos continued, “She set up summer classes and helped youngsters with their CVs. She has worked to bring the community together, also setting up the Remembrance Tree for lost relatives in Cleveleys.

“Andrea is also the lead member for children and young people and former Armed Forces champion.

“Andrea also completed a charity parachute jump and yes, she is looking for a new challenge!”

Seconding the motion to elect Councilor Kay was Councilor Alan Vincent, who commented: “I can assure the residents of Wyre that they will get a tireless champion of the people who will be as enthusiastic as they are in support of the many causes that they hold dear.”

Councilor Vincent continued: “Not only does she deserve the honour, she is the best suited person, in my view, for the role of Mayor and I have no doubt that she will do it to the best of her ability.”

Councilor Howard Ballard was also elected as Deputy Mayor of Wyre at the meeting of full council.

Proposing Councilor Ballard as Deputy Mayor was Councilor Paul Moon, who commented: “Howard is a co-op pioneer, looking after three charities in the local area. I am sure his fundraising skills will be a great asset to the Mayor.”

Councilor Kay has appointed Doherty’s Destiny as her chosen charity for her term as Mayor. Doherty’s Destiny visit schools and other youth based settings to raise awareness of bullying causing mental health issues in young people. The charity was set up by Joanne Hargreaves-Doherty, after her son James tragically took his own life following bullying on social media. James was just 16 years old.

Councilor Kay also intends to support ‘Men’s Sheds’ and Armed Forces Breakfast Clubs during her time as Mayor.