Civic head gives £5,000 charity boost

Coun Nic Best presents more than �5,000 to the Samaritans of Northumbria. Picture by Ken Stait.
Coun Nic Best presents more than �5,000 to the Samaritans of Northumbria. Picture by Ken Stait.
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More than £5,000 has been handed to a Northumberland charity, thanks to outgoing Morpeth Mayor Nic Best.

Coun Best chose the Samaritans of Northumbria as his charity for his year in office.

I would recommend being Mayor of Morpeth to anybody.

Nic Best, former Mayor of Morpeth

And at the annual meeting of Morpeth Town Council last Wednesday he was delighted to hand over a cheque for £5,179.

“I am really pleased that we raised so much money,” he said.

“We also raised the profile of the Samaritans and I’m pleased to hear that a number of volunteers have come forward from Morpeth for the charity as a result of the publicity.

“However, the Samaritans still need more volunteers, as well as funds.”

One of Coun Best’s fund-raising initiatives was the selling of limited-edition Morpeth parking discs for the charity, and new Mayor Alison Byard has agreed that they can continue to be sold in aid of the Samaritans. They are available from Morpeth Town Hall and the Riverside Leisure Centre.

Coun Best said he had enjoyed his time as Mayor.

“It has been an honour and a privilege, and a sheer joy to have been the Mayor of Morpeth,” he said.

“One of the highlights was the enthusiasm and pride and work that the children put in to the Mayor’s Garden Competition last summer, and the solemnity and participation in the Remembrance Day parade on the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

“There is also the warm reception you get when you are walking around the streets wearing the chain. That is really nice.”

He added: “I would recommend being Mayor of Morpeth to anybody.”