Charlotte set to become Britain's Youngest Lady Mayor
BSTC - 15th May 2012
History looks set to be made in Bradley Stoke on Wednesday night at the Town Council's AGM when Cllr Charlotte Walker (Con, Lakeside) is expected to be confirmed as Town Mayor for the coming year and so become the youngest female Mayor in the country.
Cllr Walker, who has lived in Bradley Stoke since she was 11, became the town's youngest ever councillor last year and was promptly elected Vice-Chair of the council by her colleagues. In keeping with convention she now looks set to take the Chair on Wednesday night in a meeting at the town's Jubilee Centre at 7.30pm.
At 24, Cllr Walker will be 3 years younger than fellow Lakeside Ward representative Cllr Robert Jones was in 2008 when he took office as Mayor, at that time the youngest in the Town's history.
Confirming that he expected his record to be broken this week Cllr Jones, who acts as Press Spokesperson for the Town Council was full of praise for his colleague saying: “Charlotte has proven herself a fast learner in the last year and I'm sure she'll make an excellent Mayor. The other councillors and I are looking forward to working with her in the year ahead.”
Charlotte however isn't getting carried away with the accolade of Britain's youngest female mayor and insists she just wants to do her best for the Town's 20,000+ residents saying “People are making a big deal about my age, but there are younger mayors than me, it just so happens that they're all men”. Adding: “I'm just focusing on doing my best for the people of Bradley Stoke”.
If Charlotte needs any advice in her new role she won't need to look far as she takes over the chain from older brother Ben, who steps down after two years in the role and is set to take the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council next week. Commenting in the Council's Annual Report, Cllr Ben Walker thanked the public for supporting him in office saying “I would personally like to thank you all for your support over the last two years.”
Ben's last duty of office will be to hand over cheques for £4,245.60 each to his two chosen charities for the year The Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group and 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.
The Press and Public are invited to attend.
7.30pm Wednesday 16th May 2012, Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke.
Councillors and Charity Representatives will be available for photographs and interview before the Meeting commences.