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Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen reflects on ‘wonderful year’ ahead of vote for new mayor tonight

PUBLISHED: 10:57 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 24 May 2017

Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen when she cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Morley's department store

Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen when she cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Morley's department store

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Ms Pallen raised a substantial amount for her two chosen chairities

As the mayor, Eileen Pallen, hangs up her boots tonight, she reflects on a ‘wonderful’ year representing the people of Bexley.

Ms Pallen has been a Bexley councillor since 2010 when she was chosen to represent Crayford ward. She was then re-elected in 2014 but this time for Barnehurst, where she has lived with her husband for the past 25 years. She was elected as mayor on May 18 2016.

She said: “It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I became the 53rd mayor of Bexley.

“There have been so many wonderful events I have been to and so many wonderful people I have met, it would be impossible to choose just one. The schools, the churches, the care homes, cubs, scouts, and brownies, just to mention a few, have all given me a warm welcome and fantastic memories.

“What I can say, having travelled the length and bredth of the borough in the last year, is that we are incredibly lucky with our volunteers, young and older people alike. So many people giving their time for the benefit of the other people. Ordinary people are doing extraordinary things.”

During her time as mayor, Ms Pallen, chose two charities to raise money for.

“The two charities I chose to highlight and fundraise for were Alzheimers Bexley and Tackling loneliness in older people in Bexley,” she said.

“Thanks to a lot of support, we have raised over £25,000 and I hope raised the profile of what Alzheimer’s Bexley do and made a small inroad into tackling loneliness in our older people.

“However, I have also found that it isn’t always about money. Sometimes it is about goodwill and good people. We have both in spades in Bexley and I have been honoured and privileged to be their 53rd mayor.”

A meeting of Bexley councillors will take place tonight to vote for a new mayor, and deputy mayor to replace Val Clark.

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