MAYOR OF NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME CLLR SIMON WHITE
Borough Councillor Simon White has become the Mayor of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme for the third time.
Borough Councillor Simon White is the latest incumbent in a position dating back to 1318.
Cllr White, who lives in Madeley, was chosen at a formal Annual meeting of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council which took place at Castle House.
Cllr White said: “I am very, very proud to have been elected Mayor in the year that we are celebrating the 850th anniversary of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s incorporation as a borough. Not only does this Borough have a rich history which we should publicise and promote, but there are so many good things happening here now which we can celebrate too.”
Cllr White succeeds Cllr Gill Burnett-Faulkner, of Kidsgrove, who has completed her year as Mayor, and he has chosen two charities to benefit from his 12 months in office.
He said: “I will be supporting the Bradwell-based Academy for Theatre Arts, which is a charity I have backed before: it is largely volunteers and creates great opportunities for the young of our community who have real talent.
“I’ll also be championing the Community Foundation of Staffordshire, which raises money and then distributes it to chosen charities in the county. We have now founded a ‘We love Newcastle’ section of the foundation, of which I am a member, and we will allocate any monies raised in my mayoral year specifically to charities within the Borough.”
Also an active member of the Alms houses charity, Cllr White previously served as Mayor in 2017/18 and 2019/20.
He added: “One of the joys of serving in this role is meeting so many different people doing so many remarkable things in their communities; in a typical year the Mayor might make 350 visits within the Borough and Staffordshire and I’m looking forward to it immensely.”