New mayor of Great Yarmouth borough announced
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Michael Jeal has been appointed mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough for the second time.
Mr Jeal will take over the role from Mary Coleman for the 2019/20 municipal year on Wednesday, May 15, at the annual council meeting.
He was first elected to serve as a councillor for the Nelson ward in 1986 and kept his seat in Friday's elections.
His deputy will be Sue Hacon.
As the first citizen of the borough, he will chair full council meetings, help to raise money for his chosen charities, and represent the borough and its people at functions both inside and outside of the area.
Mr Jeal who lives in South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, had his first stint as mayor in 2010/11.
He has also held a number of other key council posts including the mayor's consort to Susan Robinson in 2006/07 and cabinet member for economic development from 2012 to 2015.
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Mr Jeal said: "When you think I grew up largely in a place called Percy Main, one of the most deprived areas in North Shields, to come to be the mayor of my home borough of Great Yarmouth twice is really special and an absolute honour.
"Serving before as mayor was a real privilege, and I'm again looking forward to raising money and awareness for my chosen charities and representing the communities of the borough.
"There are a lot of people who selflessly do some great work without recognition, so if I can help in any way to get them that recognition then that will be my goal."
Mr Jeal served as a firefighter in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for 30 years, becoming involved in local politics through helping out the Fire Brigades Union.
Since retiring from the fire service, he has been the project manager at First Move Furnishaid, a local charity which redistributes furniture and white goods to families in the local area at affordable prices.
For his year as mayor, his chosen charities will include Heart 2 Heart Norfolk, a charity which raises money to place live-saving defibrillators in schools, clubs and public places across the area.