Wednesday, 02 December 2015

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New Workington mayor aims to champion volunteers

Konrad Hansen was officially unveiled as the new mayor of Workington at the town council’s annual meeting on Wednesday.

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New mayor Konrad Hansen, centre right, with his mayoress and sister Kristi Hansen, right and last year's mayor Andrew Lawson and mayoress Carly Wilson

The 38-year-old took over the chains and robes of office from Andrew Lawson in front of a packed audience at the Carnegie Theatre, Finkle Street.

Mr Hansen’s consort will be his sister Kristi Hansen, 37, of Victoria Road.

He was nominated by fellow Labour councillor Carl Holding, who has known him for 14 years.

The town has now had three consecutive mayors under the age of 40.

Mr Hansen, 38, of Frances Croft, said that he wanted his time as mayor to be the year of the volunteer.

He plans to present a cup to a leading volunteer at the end of his tenure.

He said: “What is Workington’s biggest asset? I say it’s the people and, more specifically, the people who volunteer to make this town the wonderful place it is. They make this town work. I want to give something back to the volunteers of Workington.”

He also praised Mr Lawson’s time as mayor and said he had raised the profile of the town council and Workington as a whole.

Mr Hansen’s charity for the year will be the Stroke Association. His father Edmund died of a stroke in 2010. He said: “If I can make enough money to help just one person recover then that will be enough for me.”

Mr Hansen previously worked as a civil servant for the Rural Payments Agency for 13 years, but has decided this year to do a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Cumbria in September.

Mary Bainbridge, 57, of Lonsdale Street, was elected deputy mayor.

Mr Lawson presented £765 to each of his three mayoral charities – the 4th Workington Scouts and Guides, Workington Sea Cadets and Workington RNLI.

  • Allerdale council will get a new mayor next week. Carole Armstrong will hand over the chain of office to her successor at a ceremony at Hundith Hill Hotel, Cockermouth, on Wednesday at 7pm. The new mayor will be voted in at the meeting and a new deputy mayor will also be elected.


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