THE new mayor of Fareham has pledged to raise money for a cancer trust and a rescue service.
Councillor Mike Ford has taken over from Fareham’s previous mayor Cllr David Norris, at a mayor-making ceremony at Ferneham Hall.
It is a huge honour and a privilege to be Mayor of Fareham.Mike Ford
He chose the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust and the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service – the Gafirs – as his charities for the year.
In a speech, Cllr Ford called Fareham a ‘vibrant’ place to live.
He said he was keen to work with volunteer groups around the borough.
Cllr Ford said: ‘It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be mayor of Fareham for the 2015-2016 year.
‘Meeting the many folk who make Fareham such a vibrant place to live is high on our list.
‘We know that an enormous amount of work is undertaken by many volunteers, charities and organisations within our community.
‘We’re particularly looking forward to hearing more about these and being able to thank many of those involved for their efforts on behalf of our town.’
Cllr Ford lives in Warsash and represents the Conservatives on Fareham Borough Council.
He was born in Yorkshire and is retired, following a career in sales management.
Cllr Ford also edits a community magazine called InTouch.
A Royal Air Force cadet has been appointed to the role of mayor’s cadet.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Gabriella Lashmore has taken on the role.
Sgt Lashmore, who is part of the 1350 Fareham Squadron Air Training Corps, will support Cllr Ford in his duties by attending civic events, wreath bearing, taking part in church readings and assisting the mayor’s attendants.
The cancer trust is based in Bursledon and raises money to buy equipment for cancer research.