New mayor looking forward to a memorable year

New Lancaster mayor Coun Susie Charles.
New Lancaster mayor Coun Susie Charles.

Lancaster’s new mayor Susie Charles is looking forward to a memorable year ahead.

Conservative councillor Susie Charles, 65, was elected as mayor of the district for the first time during a special ceremony at lancaster Town Hall.

And she hopes to use her time wisely by helping raise the profile of our city.

She said: “I would like to work in tandem with the city council to raise awareness of Lancaster and how people can invest in the city.”

Coun Charles’s mayoral charities this year are Hounds for Heroes and the UK Sepsis Trust.

Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the emergency services, while the UK Sepsis Trust is a non-profit registered charity aiming to raise awareness and help the way the healthcare system deals with sepsis.

The year will also be a particularly poignant one for Coun Charles, since it coincides with the World War One commemorations.

Coun Charles’s grandfather, Lt John Greenwood, who served with the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, died in Ypres on May 2 1915.

She said: “This will be a really interesting year for me.

“I feel very close to all the World War One celebrations happening this year, and I am honoured that I am mayor for this year.”

Coun Charles’s Tory colleague Coun Helen Helme, herself Lancaster mayor seven years ago, is to be the new deputy mayor for the year.

Coun Charles is a ward councillor in Ellel, along with Coun Helme.

She was first elected to the city council in May 1999.

Since then she has been re-elected three times, in May 2003, May 2007 and May 2011.

Coun Charles, who has three grown up children, is also a Lancashire county councillor, representing Lancaster Rural East.