Zetland FM Local News - 13th May 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 13th May 2016.
Independent Councillor Barry Hunt has been confirmed as the new Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland at the council’s Annual General Meeting.
Cllr Hunt, ward member for Brotton, will wear the civic robes for the first time at a special investiture ceremony taking place at Kirkleatham Hall next Thursday, May 19. He has confirmed he will be supporting Redcar’s Coatham House and Saltburn’s Earthbeat Centre as his designated charities during his term.
Elected alongside him as Deputy Mayor is Cllr Chris Abbott. A Liberal Democrat councillor for more than 30 years, Cllr Abbott represents the Newcomen ward on the council and will work alongside Cllr Hunt during his year in office.
Speaking to Zetland FM, Councillor Hunt said he felt priviledged to be taking up the position.
The chairman of Redcar's Royal British Legion has expressed his concern about some of the tactics used by charity street collectors in the town.
Eric Howden says that some collectors who claim to represent a number of Armed Forces charities are making a nuisance of themselves in the town centre.
Eric says that genuine Royal British Legion collectors are instructed never to ask the public for money, never to rattle a tin, and never to open the tin - this is only done in the presence of a registered Poppy Appeal Organiser. All money given is placed directly into the tin not into a pocket or bag.
Eric is asking the public to continue to support the Armed Forces Charities, but to be very careful and ensure that their donations are given to genuine collectors.
Young people from across Cleveland will again get a taste of how they can assist in a major incident as part of their Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards.
Following on from last year’s event in which fifty young people aged between 12 and 18 years old from the Scouts, Girl Guides, Police Cadets and local schools came together with local agencies from the Local Resilience Forum to be involved in a mock emergency situation, a second event will take place tomorrow.
Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, British Red Cross, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and the Local Resilience Forum will all be involved in the exercise at the Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, a state of the art firearms training facility.
HRH The Prince of Wales established The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards in 2012 after a visit to Cornwall in 2010 which had been hit by severe flooding.