Mayor ends his year on a high
POPULAR Mayor of Market Deeping Cllr Bob Broughton ends his year in office this week having raised a record amount for good causes.
Cllr Broughton will end his third term as the town’s first citizen at tomorrow’s annual meeting.
But before he hung up his mayoral chain he handed over a record for the amount raised in a year bringing in a staggering £2,500.
The money has now been given to his two selected groups. He gave £1,900 to the Deepings Men’s Group and £600 to The Young At Heart Club.
He said: “I’ve had a lot of help with some really good fund-raising. It’s been brilliant.
“My year as mayor has been absolutely fantastic and very busy. I am handing over a nice tight ship that has been run well. All the councillors have pulled together and we’ve achieved quite a lot.
“We are now ready for the summer and it is looking like a really good summer in the Deepings with the Olympic torch coming and the Queen’s Jubilee.”
Cllr Broughton has had a busy year opening events, planting the Jubilee Avenue of trees and helping to resurface the BMX track.
But he said the most enjoyable part of his job has been meeting people.
He said: “I think the highlight of being mayor was the Christmas festivities, being invited by all the schools to meet the children and seeing the nativities.
“It is being able to help the community, not only with the money raised but with promoting events and causes. That’s what being a town mayor is all about.”
The Deeping Men’s Group supplies vital equipment for short-term medical needs such as bath lifts, walking frames and wheelchairs.
The charity was established in 1954 by the vicars in Market Deeping and Deeping St James to buy medical equipment which is not normally available on the NHS.
Anyone in need of help from the charity is usually referred by the Deepings Practice.
Young at Heart for the over 55s, meets every other Tuesday in the Coronation Hall. For details of dates and times call 01778 346348.
end of term: Cllr Bob Broughton marked the end of his time as Mayor of Market Deeping by presenting cheques to charity, including the Young At Heart Club