Quartet battle to be youth leader

Young Mayor candidates (left to right) Lewis Allan, Rhianna Sowerby, Jamie Clark and Abbie Armstrong at North Tyneside Council.'REF 2901151319

Young Mayor candidates (left to right) Lewis Allan, Rhianna Sowerby, Jamie Clark and Abbie Armstrong at North Tyneside Council.'REF 2901151319

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Four youngsters are battling it out to be named the borough’s next Young Mayor.

A total of 32 nominees aged between 11 and 17 put themselves forward for the position, with the final four being chosen following two weeks of preliminary voting.

The final four are Lewis Allan, 12, from Burnside Enterprise College; Abbie Armstrong, 12, from St Thomas More RC Academy; Jamie Clark, 17, from Whitley Bay High School; and Rhianna Sowerby, 13, from Churchill Community College.

Each one has put forward a manifesto, outlining what they would do as Young Mayor, and why their peers should vote for them.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted that so many young people have played a part in local democracy, whether that’s by putting themselves forward to be Young Mayor or by voting for one of the candidates.”

“I’d like to say well done to all the 32 candidates.”

“I’d also like to wish good luck to the final four.”