Mayoral honour is a family affair for community stalwart

Published: 30th May 2012

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A COMMUNITY champion with strong family links to Redcar & Cleveland is preparing for her greatest honour - when she is formally installed as the Borough's Mayor.

Councillor Denise Bunn will proudly wear the civic robes for the first time at a special investiture ceremony tomorrow (Thurs).

She succeeds Councillor Olwyn Peters, who completed her term in office last week after raising thousands of pounds for local good causes.

Although raised and educated in Redcar, Councillor Bunn was born in Guisborough and has lived in the town for 34 years.

Her family roots are embedded in the area, with her ancestors having lived there from the late 19th century.

And tomorrow's investiture will be a real family affair for Councillor Bunn, with her mother Georgina, husband Albert, sons James - who will be Mayor's Escort - and Steven, and daughter Karen set to be in the audience.

"There will be a lot of family at the investiture - they're very excited and will be a tremendous support for me," she said.

Taking up the mayoral office will be a proud moment for Councillor Bunn, who has served as a Guisborough ward councillor for five years and represented Westworth for two years prior to that.

A trained former postal officer, who worked at Guisborough Post Office, she has also had an administrative role in the area's steelworks and is now keen to help promote the ongoing regeneration of the Borough.

"I'm looking forward to seeing more of the various regeneration projects taking shape. I think these are vital if we are to see the local economy prosper and attract visitors to our wonderful borough," she said.

The civic year will also provide Councillor Bunn with the chance to raise money for, and awareness of, some worthy causes.

Her chosen charities are the Parkinson's Disease Society, the Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (SARA) and Macmillan Cancer Support.

"My father had Parkinson's and I know that the charity does some fantastic work," said Councillor Bunn.

"I'm a big animal lover and my niece recently adopted a dog from SARA, so I'm aware of the great job they do, and Macmillan Cancer Support was amazing when a close friend of mine had the illness."

The Deputy Mayor will be Marske ward councillor, Vic Jeffries.

Tomorrow's ceremony will also mark the end of Councillor Peters' term in office, with her charities Zoe's Place, the Mike Findley MND Fund and the Coatham House project sharing the thousands of pounds she raised over the past year.

"I have immensely enjoyed my year as Mayor," said Councillor Peters. "I've met so many people and seen at first-hand the amazing things going on in our communities; it has been a real privilege."

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