The new Young Mayors for 2021-2022 will be formally announced at Seaford Town Council’s Annual Meeting on the 20th May.
Following presentations from prospective candidates, elections were recently held at Seaford Head School for a new Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor. This resulted in Joseph Lacy being elected as the new Young Mayor and Erin Franklin as the new Deputy Young Mayor for 2021-2022.
The competition was high, and there were eight candidates for the roles! The Assistant Head Teacher at Seaford Head School, Dr Wallace led the elections and was delighted that so many exceptional candidates stood. Joseph’s reasons for standing were because he would like to help make a difference in the local area, he plans to represent the young people of Seaford and hopes to raise money for a local charity, he will be setting out his plans for his term over the next few weeks.
Joseph and Erin will take over the reins from Chanel Pritchard (2020-2021 Young Mayor) and James Jenkins (2020-2021 Deputy Young Mayor, and previously 2019-2020 Young Mayor). Their appointment will be formally announced at the Seaford Town Council Annual Meeting on 20th May 2021, the full meeting agenda and meeting details can be found here - https://www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/meeting-year/may-2021-may-2022/
The outgoing Young Mayor, Chanel Pritchard sent her congratulations, adding “I would like to wish the new Young Mayor and their Deputy all the best. You will be amazing!”.
Chanel’s first year as Deputy Young Mayor 2019-2020 enabled her to attend civic events and meet lots of inspiring people. However, Chanel was unfortunately met by a very challenging year as Young Mayor during 2020-2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Despite this, she managed to raise an amazing £1,564 for the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance by holding a variety of raffles and organising a sponsored bike ride.
Chanel thanks her Deputy, James Jenkins for his support, the Mayor of Seaford, Town Council officers, her sponsors, and especially her Mum and Dad for helping her to balance her busy schedule and supporting her during the year. More details can be watched at the Town Forum Awards Presentations on the Town Council’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76dnqtFVzQU&t=1054s (at 13.40mins)
Chanel says: “My time as The Young Mayor of Seaford has finally come to an end. I would like to thank everyone at Seaford Town Council and all of my supporters who have helped me raise money for the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance. It has been a very trying year, but we’ve managed to raise an incredible amount of money, £1,564! I am so grateful to you all.”
“I’ve had such a fabulous experience, first being Deputy Young Mayor to James Jenkins and then becoming Young Mayor of Seaford. I have met lots of lovely people and learnt so much in the last 2 years that will be so valuable to me in the future. I’d like to thank you all again for being so wonderful and making my experience the best experience!”.