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Mayor makes sure folk get fed at Christmas
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:37 by Lisa B

High Peak Mayor Tony Kemp is playing his part in making sure that local people get fed over Christmas.

He is giving his £1,000 ‘Mayoral Allowance’ to Buxton Food Bank and Glossop’s Bare Necessities. 

He told the Chronicle: “They can use it to purchase basic microwaves, kettles, toasters and slow cookers, so they can then gift or loan the equipment as appropriate.

“Like several previous Mayors, I do not draw personally on the special ‘mayoral allowance,’ but use it to help local charities and projects. 

“Apart from distributing food itself, the Food Banks find a number of people are in temporary circumstances where they have no means of heating or cooking food.”

In a Christmas message, Cllr Kemp thanked everyone who had supported him and his wife Diana on their civic duties since he was elected last May.

Cllr Kemp (pictured left) went on: “While my schedule has been demanding at times, representing the council in this way has proved to be very rewarding and most enjoyable. 

“I should like to wish all local people a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

“We attended a special sponsored performance of Cinderella at Buxton Opera House, which gives an opportunity to enjoy a seasonal treat for children who would otherwise not be able to do so. 

“It is made possible through the generous donations of many local companies and especially through the help of the vast cohort of volunteers and carers who provide help on the night. 

“I should like to thank them on behalf of all the people of the High Peak and publicly acknowledge their efforts.

“Lastly, I know that recent years have been very difficult for so many of our people. 

“Hopefully, the worst of the recession is behind us and things will start to improve, but sadly the need for emergency help from our local food banks will probably continue for some time to come.”


Mayor Tony Kemp

Mayor Tony Kemp