Meet Redcar and Cleveland’s new Liberal Democrat Mayor

A NEW Mayor has been appointed for Redcar and Cleveland.

Mother-of-two and lifelong Middlesbrough FC supporter, Councillor Carole Morgan, 65, was invested at the Annual Meeting of the Council yesterday, Thursday 24 September.

She will be supported by her son, Matthew, who will act as consort and Saltburn councillor, Stuart Smith, will be Deputy Mayor.

The new Mayor, who has represented the Ormesby ward since 2016, has decided to keep outgoing Mayor, Cllr Billy Wells’ charities, Zoe’s Place children’s hospice and Eva’s Women’s Aid which supports survivors of domestic abuse. She explained it had been harder to raise money for the charities in the previous year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “I am very proud to represent our wonderful borough. It is restricted at the moment as we must all do our bit during the pandemic, but I’m looking forward to meeting people as soon as is possible.”

Cllr Morgan was brought up in Middlesbrough by her adoptive family and attended Eston Grammar school. She completed three years Teacher Training in Liverpool in Modern Languages and Sport and went on to teach at Nunthorpe Comprehensive for 35 years. She was married in 1977 and has two children, Stephanie and Matthew and two grandchildren, Max and Grace.

She earned a degree in maths when the children were young and retired from teaching in 2011 to start a pet minding business. A season ticket holder at Middlesbrough FC, she is a keen cyclist and runner and has completed many half marathons and has run the London marathon. She is a volunteer with Teesside Hospice; treasurer and active member of Nunthorpe & Marton Knitters, Chair of Friends of Nunthorpe Railway Station and director on the board of the Esk Valley Railway Development Company.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stuart Smith, is former Neighbourhood Police Officer for Saltburn and has served as councillor for the Saltburn ward for ten years. “It is a great honour to serve as Deputy Mayor,” he said.

The Mayor and Deputy will serve until May 2021. This year’s investiture was delayed due to Covid-19.

The outgoing Mayor, Cllr Billy Wells, presented Zoe’s Place and Eva’s Women’s Aid cheques of £2,300 each earlier in the week.

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