Coun Perry now Walsall’s mayor

Congratulations to Pelsall Councillor Garry Perry, who was sworn in as Walsall’s youngest Mayor last night.

The councillor, who is chairman of the Pelsall Pride Partnership, has represented the village since 1998 and said he was looking forward to making his term one to remember for all those he comes into contact with.

Mayoress will be his mother June.

Councillor Perry said: “The role of Mayor of Walsall is an honour and a privilege and I believe I owe it to the residents of this borough to make a good job of it.

“I do not have the years of experience of many of my peers but I had a fantastic mentor in the the late, great Councillor Cath Micklewright and I am sure she will continue to look down on me, keeping me in check!”

The 35-year-old is Pelsall born and bred, having attended Pelsall Village School and the former Pelsall Comprehensive.

At the age of 14 he became a member of the Pelsall Carnival Committee and has been involved in a number of community organisations ever since.

When he was first elected to Walsall Council in 1998, he was the council’s youngest member.

He added: “I have been deputy Mayor for a year and spent six months as Consort to Cath Micklewright and that has given me an invaluable insight into the responsibilities that come with being Mayor.

“I am buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm and really looking forward to meeting the many marvellous residents who make up our borough of Walsall.”

Councillor Perry has chosen three charities for his Mayor’s Appeal, the Creating Chances Trust, The Swing and PROUD (Parents Relatives and Others Understanding Down’s Syndrome)

The Creating Chances Trust is a partnership between the four Black Country authorities and has been set up to support the education and training of children in care and leaving care.

The Swing improves the futures of bereaved children and young people and was established by Walsall bereavement Support Service.

PROUD is a parent-led Down’s Syndrome support group that encourages individuals with this condition to lead full and rewarding lives and raises awareness.

Councillor Perry said the three charities were “very important” causes.

“I have come into contact with the three charities on a number of occasions and I wholeheartedly support the work they all do.

“I want to raise as much money as possible for all three during my term to ensure this good work continues to benefit even more people.”

Councillor Graham Wilkes was sworn in as deputy Mayor last night with his daughter Janet Wilkes taking on the role of deputy Mayoress.

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