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Councillor June Stokes elected Mayor of Peterborough

22 May 2013

Councillor June Stokes was elected as the city's first citizen at the annual meeting of Peterborough City Council tonight (Wednesday 22 May 2013). Her daughter Karien Gait will take up the role of Mayoress.

Councillor Mohammed Nadeem and his wife Mrs Naheed Nadeem were named Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress. The Mayor's Chaplain will be Reverend Canon Malcolm Griffith from St Mary’s Parish Church, Orton Waterville, Peterborough.

Councillor Stokes will fundraise during her year as Mayor for Sue Ryder Care's Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal, Inspire Peterborough, Parents United Group of Welland and Wednesday PHAB Club.

Councillor Stokes said: "I am delighted to have been elected Mayor of Peterborough by my fellow councillors. In the past year as Deputy Mayor, alongside my daughter Karien, I have enjoyed attending many events and meeting lots of interesting people. We are both looking forward to the coming year and meeting many new faces and raising as much money as we can for my chosen charities.

"One of my biggest priorities will be helping to improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents, young and old. If you are healthy and happy it will often lead to a better quality of life and this is what I want to achieve for all of our residents.

"I am really proud to say that I live in Peterborough and want to do all I can to raise the reputation of this great city in my year as Mayor."

June has two daughters, Karien, the Mayoress, and Mia along with three grandchildren, Steffan, Gina and Alec.

June was born at Woodbastwick in Norfolk and is the eldest of six children. She moved to London with her family aged seven and attended The Borough Paragon School in South East London and later Pitman’s College in Southampton Row.

Before her marriage June worked for a patents agent and in advertising. She moved to Chatteris after marrying her late husband Maury , before relocating to Orton Malborne.

After her husband passed away, June decided to become more involved in the community and was asked to stand as a city councillor. Since being elected Orton Waterville ward councillor in May 2010, June has sat on various council committees. She is also an Orton Waterville parish councillor and school governor at Matley Primary School.

June was employed by Freemans catalogue firm for nearly 30 years.

At tonight's meeting, outgoing Mayor Councillor George Simons and his wife outgoing Mayoress Sylvia, were thanked by the Leader of the Council Marco Cereste for their professionalism, enthusiasm and energy in raising the council’s and the city’s profile both locally and further afield.

George and Sylvia attended in the region of 525 events, raising £35,000 to date  for The Rudolf Fund and Supporters of Combat Stress.