Mayor is re-elected to serve town for a second term

Cllr Mike Thompson has been elected Mayor of Eastbourne for a second consecutive year. May 8th 2013 E19125P

Cllr Mike Thompson has been elected Mayor of Eastbourne for a second consecutive year. May 8th 2013 E19125P

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Councillor Mike Thompson has been elected as mayor of Eastbourne for a second year and is looking forward to raising money for good causes.

The 71-year-old was re-elected at the annual meeting of Eastbourne Borough Council on Wednesday (May 8).

He said he was grateful for being re-elected and looking forward to meeting even more people.

He added, “I enjoyed the first time and meeting so many new people, organisations, large and small, and have been very happy to support my local charity, Lark in the Park.

“We raised £12,000 and I’m so pleased we’ve been able to help those young people with learning difficulties.

“Next year I’m looking forward to meeting even more people, making fresh acquaintances with the people I’ve met already and in addition not working for one but two charities.”

Lark in the Park is an Eastbourne based Charitable Trust for local youngsters with special needs. This year the mayor is backing two charities - Chloe’s Fight for Sight and the Matthew 25 Mission. The first was inspired by a young woman called Chloe Laslett who has been losing her sight due to a rare condition.

The Matthew 25 Mission, formerly known as Oasis, offers help to homeless and vulnerable people and those in need.

Cllr Thompson added, “I am very much looking forward to meeting all the people involved in my charities and to all the help I will get to double the amount I made this year.”

His wife Linda will continue to be the mayoress. The pair celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in March.

At the meeting Councillor Janet Coles was also re-elected as the deputy mayor.

She was described by Councillor John Ungar as ‘diligent’ and ‘hard-working’.