Teenager’s day as borough’s first citizen

The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Susan Loudon looks at the road safety posters as children from primary schools in the Wigan area attend a drama workshop
The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Susan Loudon looks at the road safety posters as children from primary schools in the Wigan area attend a drama workshop
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A WIGAN teenager will discover what it is like to be the borough’s first citizen when she become the honourary mayor for the day.

Angel Osifo, from St Mary’s Catholic High School, will spend the day with the ‘real’ mayor , Susan Loudon.

The 13-year-old will get a glimpse into Coun Loudon’s busy schedule, accompanying her to prestigious events and riding in the Mayoral car.

The day was set up to co-incide with Local Democracy Week and will also see Angel enjoy lunch in the Mayor’s parlour in Wigan Town Hall.

Angel won the Mayor for a day competition for her answer to why it’s important for children and young people to have their say about things.

She said: “They’re future leaders. It’ll help them learn how to make the right decisions and also build their sense of responsibilities in leadership both now and also in the near future.”

Also as part of Local Democracy Week 2015, the Mayor will be on the road on Wednesday 14th October and will visit St George’s and St Michael’s schools in Atherton.

The week is all about showing people in the borough how democracy works, what Wigan Council and local councillors can do for them and how people can have a say about things that are important to them.

Wigan mayor Susan Loudon added: “I became involved in politics because I wanted to have a say about my community and it’s still something I feel so passionate about. It’s important to me as Mayor to represent the community and I’m looking forward to sharing this day with Angel.”

Wigan Council runs a range of opportunities for young people to get involved and have their say including Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet. To find out more email voiceandengagement@wigan.gov.uk