New mayor promises to continue charity support

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The new Mayor of Fylde has promised to support two local charities ahead of his official induction ceremony.

Coun Kevin Eastham, of Audley Close, Ansdell, takes over from Coun Linda Nulty as the new mayor at a special council ceremony on Wednesday.

He said: “I am the longest serving councillor who has never been mayor.

“I was first elected in 1999, so it has been a good 15 years as part of the council.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the YMCA. They do an awful lot in this area with some of the younger folk.

“It is places such as Harbour House which I want to continue to support.

“The other charity is the RNLI. When I was deputy mayor I visited them and was impressed with their work, which is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Coun Eastham, who has lived on the Fylde coast for more than 40 years, will be supported by wife Val in his new role.

He said as well as supporting charities he was looking forward to meeting local groups and seeing the work they do.

He added: “I think what you do appreciate is just how many local organisations we have which do an extremely good job to make Lytham, St Annes and Kirkham the places they are.”

Coun Eastham’s deputy, Coun Karen Henshaw, will also be named at the ceremony at Lowther Pavilion on Wednesday from 2pm.