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Gravesham's new mayor, Harold Craske 'can't wait' to get started

PUBLISHED: 09:40 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:40 10 May 2017

New Gravesham mayor Harold Craske and deputy mayor David Hurley

New Gravesham mayor Harold Craske and deputy mayor David Hurley

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He has served on the council for 10 years

New Gravesham mayor Harold Craske with outgoing mayor Greta GoatleyNew Gravesham mayor Harold Craske with outgoing mayor Greta Goatley

The new mayor of Gravesham has promised to “work tirelessly for all members of the borough” after his appointment last night (Tuesday).

Higham councillor Harold Craske was elected as the new mayor for the coming year, taking over from the services of Gravesham’s so-called ‘Martini girl’ Greta Goatley.

The outgoing mayor commented: “I feel like I really have lived up to my Martini girl pledge of attending events and functions any time, any place anywhere, I couldn’t have asked for a better year.”

Cllr Goatley visited around 200 events since her appointment a year ago, and makes way for Cllr Craske, who has stood on the borough council for the past 10 years.

The 72-year-old will take his wife of 50-years Veronica as his mayoress, and vicar of Higham Father James Southward chosen as his chaplain.

The father-of-two grown up sons said: “I really can’t wait to go to so many events, meet so many members of our community and represent the borough in this way.

“I invite all residents to come and take part in civic events throughout the year and join me in this wonderful mayoral year.”

A former civil servant, Cllr Craske has selected ellenor hospice, Salvation Army, House of Mercy and Parents Consortium as his mayoral charities for the year ahead.

In the past the new mayor has volunteered as a driver for the Gravesend Volunteer Bureau, the Shopmobility scheme, and has also worked as the president of the former Gravesend Council of Churches.

During his decade at Gravesham council, Cllr Craske has been chairman of the Regulatory Board and the Licensing Committee and a member of several other committees. He represents Gravesham on two boards with Medway Council and was a member of Kent County Council for four years where his main interest was in the protection and promotion of common land and village greens,

He paid tribute to his predecessor Cllr Greta Goatley for her tireless work and promised to continue to promote the borough in the same way.

Last night David Hurley, councillor for Riverview ward, was selected as deputy mayor.

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