A youngster aims to stamp out bullying after being elected as the borough’s newest young mayor.
Abbie Armstrong, a pupil at St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields, secured 3,194 of the 8,012 votes cast during the three-day ballot.
The 12-year-old, from Cullercoats, will take over from current Young Mayor Allen Oghene later this month.
She said: “I am so surprised – I didn’t even think I’d make it to the top four.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and to my friends, family and school for all the support – it really means so much.”
Abbie’s manifesto includes looking at ways to prevent bullying in schools, providing young people with better and improved sports equipment and creating a programme to support children who are going through hard times at home.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I look forward to working with Abbie and hearing more about all her plans
“We’re working hard to encourage our young people to become active citizens, so it’s great that so many are willing to give up their time to be part of local democracy.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to Allen, who has done an exceptional job and has been a real credit to his parents, his school, the council and the borough. I wish him all the very best for his future.”
Allen added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time as Young Mayor and I have achieved all I set out to do.
“My main focus was to increase fun sporting opportunities for young people in North Tyneside and I’ve now established an annual Young Mayor’s Games.”
Abbie’s role will be to represent young people in the borough for a year, and she will work with North Tyneside’s Young Cabinet and Youth Council to influence decisions made by the council’s elected mayor, cabinet and council.
She will also be able to influence initiatives that will benefit young people in North Tyneside, and ensure that young people are consulted on decisions that affect them.