I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people in Cullercoats who have supported and voted for me over the 41 years in the local elections.
I certainly had no thoughts of stepping down, retiring or wanting to retire from politics. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in being selected to stand and represent Cullercoats this year.
I sincerely hope that you will continue to support Coun Ken Barrie in two years time as there are no elections for councillors next year, and I trust that I will be able to serve the community in other ways in the future.
Again, thank you to all those people who have voted for me over all these years and I hope I have served everyone in Cullercoats Ward well and have been able to help as many of you as possible.
God Bless you all.