Mayor is back for term two

Mayor Ray Berry

Mayor Ray Berry

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The new Mayor of Leighton-Linslade is a familiar face after the re-election of Councillor Ray Berry for a second stint as the town’s first citizen.

At the town council AGM last Monday, Cllr Berry thanked members for voting him in as mayor and council chairman.

Mayor Ray Berry

Mayor Ray Berry

He then revealed his charities for 2015-16, while presenting funds for 2014-15 which amounted to £5,000.

Councillor Berry said he would be retaining Macmillan Cancer Support as his primary charity and handed over a cheque for £2,000 from his 2014-15 fundraising pot.

Other recipients were SSAFA Bedfordshire (£1,500), 1003 Leighton Buzzard Squadron of the Air Training Corps (£1,000) and Walk the Walk (£500).

The other 2015-16 charities were revealed as Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, plus KidsOut and the town’s Scout groups.

Mayor Ray Berry

Mayor Ray Berry

He said: “One of our major attractions in town is the Narrow Gauge Railway and currently they are working hard towards providing a new station building. Having acquired the funds to commence the work and complete the structure, they now need to fund all the additional features to make that building into a station! At the younger end of the charity spectrum, I want to support both Kids Out and the town’s Scout groups.”

He added: “Finally, over this past year, I have noticed that there are smaller charitable functions which can’t individually warrant full promotion as a Mayor’s charity, but which would benefit greatly from a small donation.

“In that knowledge, I would ask that you accept that I may make a group of smaller donations to such charities at the end of this term of office.

> Steve Cotter was appointed Deputy Mayor, with Amanda Dodwell council leader.