New Mayor of Redbridge is top dog

The new first citizen of the borough has been described as a terrier who will not give up on a problem until it is resolved.

Snaresbrook ward councillor Chris Cummins was officially appointed the new Mayor of Redbridge for 2011-12 on Thursday during a ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall.

Cllr Cummins, who has had two stints as deputy mayor, was shocked when the opportunity to represent the borough became available but said he jumped at the chance.

Fellow councillors congratulated him on his election and wished him well for the year ahead.

Bridge ward councillor John Fairley-Churchill said: “I’ve known Chris for a number of years and hope he will continue exactly as he is which is quiet, unassuming and firm.

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“He has served his constituency exceedingly well and is a bit of a terrier as when there is a problem he won’t give up until it’s resolved.”

Fellow Snaresbrook ward representative Cllr Suzanne Nolan said: “We have supported each other through many difficult times and he is an amazing ward colleague.

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“He always listens and gives good advice and that’s why Snaresbrook is such a good team.”

Addressing Cllr Cummins, Cllr Nolan said: “I know your mother and father would have been extremely proud of you and I wish you the best for the year.”

Cllr Cummins announced the mayor’s charity appeal will raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Redbridge and to buy a new minibus for Newbridge School, Barley Lane, Goodmayes which caters for children with special educational needs.

Cllr Cummins said: “It was very difficult to decide between worthy causes but it was important for me the organisations were based in the borough.

“I chose Newbridge because they have a specific aim of buying a new mini bus for the pupils which their annual fundraising activities just don’t cover.

“I chose the Multiple Sclerosis Society after speaking to a few people about the work the centre does.”

Cllr Cummins appointed Roding ward Cllr Felicity Banks as his deputy and Helen Johnson as mayoress.

He was born in Ilford and attended Aldersbrook Primary School, Ingatestone Road, Wanstead and then Beal High School in Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford.

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