Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM -

RE­TIR­ING Mayor Norman Ayres car­ried out his du­ties with en­thu­si­asm and ex­cel­lence, said Cllr John Kemp as he pro­posed a vote of thanks. He said: “He had a busy time and would have done more had he not vis­ited the William Har­vey Hospi­tal for an un­com­fort­able op­er­a­tion. “He has set a prece­dent as the first mayor to take of­fice with two knees and leave with only one and a piece of hi-tech en­gi­neer­ing in place of the other.” Cllr Ayres said he had achieved his pledge to be­come a cham­pion for young and dis­abled peo­ple. “I made prom­ises, and kept them, like get­ting youth lead­ers to­gether for an ac­tiv­ity day for able and dis­abled young peo­ple, and an In­ter­na­tional Day for eth­nic groups and I hope to be able to re­peat th­ese suc­cess­ful events. “It has been a voy­age of dis­cov­ery meet­ing so many char­i­ties, youth and church groups and the army of vol­un­teers across the area. “A mayor at­tend­ing so many events is of enor­mous value to say thank you to those vol­un­teers.”

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