Mayor to coun­cil: ‘please, please me’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - She Needs Little Help From Her Friends - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The Mayor of Ash­ford has ap­pealed for help, but not just from any­body to make a suc­cess of her Bea­tles-themed char­ity bash.

Cllr Geral­dine Dyer sin­gled out mem­bers of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil for fail­ing to show up to her pre­vi­ous coun­cil events to sup­port her cho­sen char­i­ties.

She ad­dressed the er­rant rep­re­sen­ta­tives while chair­ing last week’s full coun­cil meet­ing dis­cussing agenda items such as the bud­get and coun­cil tax.

She said: “As you know, the mayor raises funds for char­ity with the sup­port of as many of the coun­cil as can be mus­tered.

“Up to now that has not been great. To my mind, it has been dis­ap­point­ing.

“We had a Burns Night a few weeks ago which was a re­ally good event that raised lots of money – but there weren’t very many coun­cil­lors there.

“My last fling com­ing up will be on Satur­day, May 7 with a Bea­tles trib­ute evening.

“For a lot of us in the coun­cil this is our era. It would be re­ally good if you could sup­port that.”

Cllr Dyer chose to sup­port the Pil­grim’s Hospice and Find a Voice as her adopted char­i­ties for her term as mayor, and has raised thou­sands of pounds for both causes.

Her mes­sage was greeted with a hint of sheep­ish em­bar­rass­ment and the oc­ca­sional gig­gle from her fel­low coun­cil­lors.

She sin­gled out Cllr Gra­ham Galpin in par­tic­u­lar when she added: “Even for your Cllr Galpin, you look like you would like to go and see The Bea­tles, and have a good time.”

Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber Mr Galpin said he is in­deed a Bea­tles fan and says Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is his favourite al­bum by the Fab Four, adding: “I’m sure it would please, please me to go along to it. I am a Bea­tles fan and a Rolling Stones fan, it’s all great stuff.”

So per­haps Cllr Dyer will ap­pre­ci­ate Cllr Galpin be­ing around af­ter all.

To find out more visit www. ash­ford.gov.uk/the-mayor-civi­cand-cer­e­mo­nial.

Pic­ture: Harry Good­win/ Rex Fea­ture

Ash­ford’s mayor is putting on a Bea­tles trib­ute night for char­ity

Bor­ough coun­cil­lors Geral­dine Dyer and Gra­ham Galpin

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