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Thursday, 22 November 2012
Bolton School Year 11 pupil Paul Greenhalgh became Mayor of Bolton for the day as part of National Children and Young People’s Take Over Day.
Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Guy Harkin, handed over his robes of office to Paul after he was chosen from scores of applicants in a competition to shadow the Mayor for a day. Paul decided to enter the competition after hearing about it through School. On the application form he had to say why he was an ideal candidate and what he would do to make Bolton a better place if he was Mayor. Paul described his keen interest in local politics and work in the community and said that if he was Mayor he would encourage community cohesion through events in the town squares, work on sustainable development of the town centre by encouraging businesses to locate there, build affordable new housing and promote charities.
Paul accompanied the Mayor on his civic engagements on the day including meeting members of the Soroptimist Society and attending a joint celebration of Eid, Diwali and Advent led by the Asian Elders Resource Centre as part of National Inter Faith Week. Paul also received a VIP tour of the Town Hall and got to try on the Mayoral robes.
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