A LONG-standing councillor is preparing to mark the end of his year as chairman with one final fundraising push.
Riverside ward councillor Frank Lott says he has thoroughly enjoyed his year as chairman of North Tyneside Council, seeing first hand the good work of residents.
As he prepares to hand over the chains in May, he is organising fundraising events for two charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Coun Lott is supporting Macmillan as his first wife Angie died as a result of cancer, and he has never forgotten the support that staff gave them during her final few months.
He is holding four ‘At Home’ events – on Wednesday, March 13, at 3pm at Wallsend Town Hall; Tuesday, March 19, at 2pm, at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth; March 20, at 3pm, at the Saville Exchange, North Shields; and March 21, at 3pm, at Whitley Bay Baptist Church.
He is also holding a fundraising night at the Lindisfarne Club, Wallsend, on April 12, at 7pm.
Music is by the Happy Cats, featuring ex-Lindisfarne member Marty Craggs, as well as a buffet, raffle and more.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from (0191) 643 5347.
Coun Lott says the highlight of the year was when he and his wife Wendy met the Queen at the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel.
“My year in office has been an absolute privilege,” he said.
“In this role I’ve been able to see the good work that is taking place in the borough.”
Coun Lott revealed he also enjoyed the citizenship ceremonies and meeting Royal Navy captains.