Mayor ends his year on a high

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ twit­ter@et­ben­truslove

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

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