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Mayor greets Bexley’s looked after youngsters at red carpet ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:36 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 09 October 2017

Teresa O'Neill and mayor Peter Reader with some of the many sponsors of the event

Teresa O'Neill and mayor Peter Reader with some of the many sponsors of the event

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An event was held in the council chamber last week

Some of the borough’s most vulnerable young people were celebrated at a red carpet event last week.

Bexley’s looked after youngsters were invited to the council chamber, where they met with the mayor and his fellow councillor.

Peter Reader and his mayoress, Irene Reader, greeted each of the young guests as they made their way down a red carpet to a special ceremony organised in their honour.

Leader of the council Teresa O’Neill organises the event each year, calling on councillors, colleagues and local businesses to support it.

This year, volunteers and sponsors helped provide entertainment including an inflatable bungee run, nail art, a photo booth and mocktail making.

Cllr O’Neill said: “I take our role as corporate parents to these children and young people very seriously. While of course it is our duty to work for their very best interests and to keep them safe, it is just as important to celebrate their successes and make sure that they know how proud we are of everything they do. The hashtag for the evening was #youarefantastic and that was exactly right.”

Awards were given to the special guests for excellence in arts, dedication in primary, secondary and sixth form and excellence in sports.

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