Tourism and youth opportunities top priority list for Weston-super-Mare’s new mayor

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 June 2017

Cllr Jos Holder and Cllr Roz Willis. (Picture: Simon Parry).

Cllr Jos Holder and Cllr Roz Willis. (Picture: Simon Parry).

Sub - Simon Parry

Weston-super-Mare’s new mayor says she will focus on the town’s tourism and providing opportunities for young people in the year ahead.

Jos Holder, who has been mayoress twice, was selected as the town’s next mayor.

She was elected by Weston Town Council, with Cllr Roz Willis as mayoress, and has already attended her first events as mayor.

Cllr Holder said: “I am most looking forward to meeting the charities and volunteers this year, as they are very important to me.

“I used to do fundraising with the RNLI when my husband was on the lifeboat, so I understand how important volunteers and charities are.

“This year, it is about giving them support and showing the volunteers they are appreciated for giving up their time.

“I do want to focus on the youth and tourism. The tourism side is what I like about Weston.”

The retiring mayor and mayoress, Cllr Alan Peak and his wife Jackie, have been presented with a town shield in appreciation for their work during their year in office.

Cllr Holder worked as a nurse and said she chose two charities close to her heart to raise money for throughout the year.

The first is EnergEyes, a sport and social club for young people who are blind or partially-sighted.

Cllr Holder said: “I originally trained at the eye hospital in Bristol and I wanted a charity linked to eyesight.

“It gets youngsters out and about and doing sport.

“They also take them on trips and give them confidence.

“It’s an important charity to me as I am youth-minded, and young people is one of the areas I want to focus on during this year.”

Cllr Holder has also chosen to raise money for Hearing Dogs For The Deaf, which trains dogs used to support both deaf adults and children.

She said: “I love my dogs, so I tried to find a charity to link that in.

“It’s not as well known a charity as guide dogs for the blind.”

Although there are no concrete dates in place yet, Cllr Holder is considering organising a fashion show and another event to raise money.

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