Allen elected young mayor

New Young Mayor, Allen Oghene, with Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.
New Young Mayor, Allen Oghene, with Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

A new teenager has been elected to give young people in North Tyneside a voice.

Allen Oghene was elected Young Mayor after securing 3,485 of the 7,864 votes cast.

The 14-year-old pledged to help those being bullied, improve club and school facilities for teenagers, and campaign for affordable public transport for young people.

Allen, a student at Wallsend’s Churchill Community College, said: “Thank you to my school, everyone who helped with my campaign and everyone who voted for me.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn presented Allen with his badge of office and witnessed him signing the formal Young Mayor’s declaration.

Allen will represent young people when officially taking over from Isaac Sidney in December, and will work with the young cabinet and youth council to influence decisions made by North Tyneside Council.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I would like to congratulate all the candidates who have worked extremely hard and shown great enthusiasm. They were all very worthy winners.

“We’re working hard to encourage our young people to become active citizens, so it’s fantastic that so many are willing to give up their time to be part of local democracy.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Allen and hearing all of his plans.

“And I would also like to thank Isaac who has represented the views of the borough’s young people brilliantly. He has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him well in his future.”