Mayor of Gravesham Greta Goatley reflects on a ‘fabulous year’ ahead of vote for new mayor next week

PUBLISHED: 17:05 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 02 May 2017

Greta Goatley

Greta Goatley


Ms Goatley has represented the Central Ward for the past 10 years

As the Mayor, Greta Goatley, hangs up her boots next week, she reflects on a “fabulous year” representing the people of Gravesham .

She said: “When you start your post as mayor, everyone tells you to make sure you enjoy your time, and I certainly have.

“I couldn’t pick one highlight, there have been so many amazing moments.

“The parades have been fabulous. To see the children’s similing faces is just lovely, especially at the St George’s Day parade, and the Pocahontas 400 events.

“Everything Pocahontas has been terrific. When I first took on this role, I got to visit Virginia and their council there. They were so welcoming, and they absolutely loved Gravesend when they returned the visit.”

Ms Goatley, 77, who has represented Central Ward for the past 10 years, has also spent the year raising money for local hospice Ellenor, and the Dementia and Alzheimers charity, alongside her daughter and the Mayoress, Victoria Bance, 45.

Ms Goatley added: “We’re not sure how much we’ve raised yet because we need to sit down with the accounts team and work that out next week, but as soon as we know we’ll let everyone else know, and the money will be split equally between the chairities.

“It has been such a privelege to raise money for both chairities, and also to represent and support the people of Gravesham. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.”

OnWednesday, May 9, Higham councillor Harold Craske will take over as the town’s mayor, with Riverview councillor David Hurley as his deputy.

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