A community stalwart will enjoy her proudest moment next week when she officially takes on the role of mayor of redcar and cleveland. Councillor Olwyn Peters, who has represented the Eston ward for just over four years, will formally wear the ceremonial red robes for the first time at a special investiture ceremony at Kirkleatham Museum, in Redcar, on Tuesday, June 7. And she has pledged to dedicate her year in office to highlighting the importance and strength of local communities, as well as raising much-needed funds and awareness for charities close to her heart. The 52-year-old was born in South Bank and spent 35 years working for O’Rourke’s solicitors. But she is now best known as a familiar face in the Eston community, having volunteered at the Whale Hill Community Association for more than two decades, including the past seven years as its Chair. Her dedication to that role, which includes working with young people, has even earned her two trips to Buckingham Palace in recent years. Now, after taking the civic chains, she is hoping to see tight-knit communities in
action throughout the Borough as she carries out her mayoral engagements. “I have always been passionate about being at the heart of the community and working to benefi t the local area,” said Councillor Peters. “I was born in South Bank, which is a fantastic area with a great spirit. Whale Hill became my home after that and it is very much the same – people want to get involved and do their best for the community. “I am really looking forward to getting out to all the diverse parts of our Borough and seeing how things are done.” Councillor Peters, who will have Councillor Denise Bunn as her deputy, is also keen to boost the profi le and coffers of her chosen charities – the Zoe’s Place baby hospice, the Mike Findley MND Fund and the Coatham House project in Redcar. “I’ve been involved with Zoe’s Place since the building was renovated. I’ve watched it grow from nothing into the incredible place it is today and I am so pleased to be able to support the amazing team there,” she said.