Last bash for outgoing Newhaven mayor

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Outgoing mayor of Newhaven Graham Amy marked his departure with a final fundraising event for the town’s Community First Responders.

Cllr Amy’s Last Bash featured a disco and barbecue at Newhaven Social Club in Chapel Street in aid of the group which responds to medical emergencies in the town.

The fundraiser on Friday May 3 raised £610 which was added to the £520 raised by a collection at Sainsbury’s.

Cllr Amy said: “The Social Club very generously provided a disco and barbecue and Sainsbury’s, local restaurants, hairdressers, and a tanning studio all donated raffle prizes.

“The Community Responders are all volunteers who do an amazing job for the town and I was delighted to help them raise the money.

“One of the guests at the event saw the responders in action the following day when his father had a sudden stroke - fortunately prompt action meant the patient is now on the mend.”

The new mayor of Newhaven will be Julie Carr and her deputy will be Judith Ost.

Cllr Amy said: “I have been mayor or deputy mayor for the last six years and it is now time to hang up the chains.

“It has been a wonderful time shared with many wonderful people and to finish in the same 12 months as the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and Para-Olympics and the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid was an incredible experience.”

Cllr Amy said his only regret during his time in office was that the West Beach remained closed despite virtually reaching an agreement with NPP in recent months.