Search begins for next young mayor

Current Young Mayor Allen Oghene with Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Current Young Mayor Allen Oghene with Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

The search is under way for the borough’s next young mayor.

Nominations are open for young people to put themselves forward for the position as figurehead for youngsters and influencing decisions made by North Tyneside Council.

Current title holder Allen Oghene, 15, said: “Being young mayor has opened so many doors to me – it’s been such a great experience.”

Young people aged between 11 and 19 who live, work or attend school or college in North Tyneside are eligible.

The young mayor holds the post for 12 months.

Nominations close on January 8. Preliminary online voting takes place between January 12 and 22, to whittle down the final top four candidates, with voting taking place between February 9 to 11.

Nomination packs are available from www.northtyneside.gov.uk./youngmayor or by calling (0191) 643 8215.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s vital that we include our young people in the decision making process, give them a voice on issues that directly affect and help them to be active citizens – and what better way to do so than through this brilliant opportunity.

“Our current Young Mayor, Allen, does a fantastic job and I always look forward to hearing about all of his wonderful projects and plans to improve the borough for young people.

“I’d like to encourage all young people to put themselves forward for this important role and to take this opportunity to wish them well.”