Say hello to the next Mayor of Worthing, who is pledging to support the building of communities during his year in office.
Councillor Paul Baker will don the Borough’s century-old robes and chain for the first time on Friday (May 18, 2018) when he set to be elected to post at Worthing Borough Council’s annual meeting.
In the next 12 months, the avid singer and rugby fan will be the town’s first citizen, combining attending hundreds of events with his full-time job as an engineer.
He will also raise money for three local charities: Guild Care Haviland House dementia care home, Ferring Country Centre and Love Your Hospital, which is the the dedicated charity for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
After putting on the century-old robes for the first time on Friday, Cllr Baker will waste no time getting on to business – with the mayor’s inaugural dinner that evening followed by a picnic for the Royal Wedding on Saturday in Broadwater. A civic service at St George’s church will take place on Sunday.
Cllr Baker, who was elected to represent Broadwater ward on Worthing Borough Council in 2016, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible and doing my best to make the year beneficial to our town.”
Cllr Baker was born and bred in the town and follows his father and grandfather in serving the local community as both were employed by the council.
He will be accompanied throughout the year by his wife Sandra, who works as a local estate agent. They recently celebrated their Pearl wedding anniversary.
Speaking on the eve of the annual meeting, Cllr Baker said he was looking forward to a busy and productive year ahead.
Cllr Baker said: “I became a Councillor, as most people do, to try and help people and make positive changes for the good of Worthing.
“My priorities are assisting in building communities, working with community associations and neighbourhood groups, and promoting volunteering for the good of everyone in the town.”
Cllr Baker’s Deputy Mayor will be Councillor Hazel Thorpe, who represents Tarring ward.
He succeeds Councillor Alex Harman, who was the youngest ever borough mayor in the country. In the last year, Cllr Harman raised £17,556.69 for his chosen local charities – the Ashdown Centre, Worthing Mencap & Buddys and Worthing Alzheimer’s Society.
To read a Q&A, with the new mayor Cllr Paul Baker, visit: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/news/pr18-085.html