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Community champion is new mayor of Allerdale

A Workington woman who has spent nearly 60 years living in Salterbeck and has dedicated her life to helping the community is the new Mayor of Allerdale.

Carole Armstrong

Born in Northside, Carole Armstrong moved to the other side of the river aged three, and five generations of her family now live on the estate.

Coun Armstrong, who represents Moss Bay, took over the chain of office from outgoing mayor Joe Holliday on Wednesday

The Labour councillor, of Poole Road, served in the Army for three years and has chosen SSAFA Forces Help and Hospice at Home West Cumbria as her charities.

At 62, she has spent most of her life helping the West Cumbrian community and hopes to continue that through her new role.

She said: “Anything community I’m in there. That’s who I am.”

In 1988, through her work at Howgill Family Centre in Whitehaven, Coun Armstrong sought funding and set up a group for young mums who had suffered domestic abuse.

She was involved in setting up and running the local health action zone in 1999 and was health ambassador for West Cumbria.

In the same year she relaunched Moss Bay’s carnival, raising £4,000 for local schools.

She got into politics 12 years ago and has been a town councillor for a decade and an Allerdale councillor for six years.

She was manager of Mind in West Cumbria for two years before retirement, and currently serves on South Workington Youth Partnership.

Her best friend Glynnis Ackerley, of Monkhouse Road, will be her consort and her grandaughter, who lives with her, will act as consort for some official engagements.

Coun Armstrong said: “We are going to do as much as we can but the emphasis for me personally is promoting Allerdale and the surrounding area and to try to make some money for my charities.”

Fellow Moss Bay councillor Bill Bacon was elected as deputy mayor.

As he ended his year in office, Coun Holliday said he and his wife Dorothy had attended 157 official engagements over the year and last week achieved his ambition of visiting every ward in the borough at least once.

His charity efforts raised £16,500, and £4,500 of that was presented to the Workington Town Community Development Foundation, with £3,000 each going to the Stroke Association, the Meningitis Trust, the Anaphylaxis Campaign and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Have your say

she sounds real real nice.well congrats

Posted by jade armstrong on 16 March 2014 at 19:36

She sounds like a lovely lady who has alot of experience, congratulations to her.

Posted by Pippin on 22 May 2012 at 17:21

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