FEATURE: ‘I’ve learnt so much by being Mayor of Belper’

Belper Town Mayor, Dan Booth, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Alton Manor Community Centre, with Malcolm Gee, centre, the chairman of the 1st Alton Manor Scout Group, and Group Scout leader, Darren Barnes.
Belper Town Mayor, Dan Booth, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Alton Manor Community Centre, with Malcolm Gee, centre, the chairman of the 1st Alton Manor Scout Group, and Group Scout leader, Darren Barnes.
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Dan Booth admits he has loved his time as Belper town Mayor, as he prepares to enter his final few weeks in the role.

Councillor Booth was aged 24 when elected and is thought to be the youngest person to ever hold the position.

Coun. Dan Booth, Belper Town Mayor.

Coun. Dan Booth, Belper Town Mayor.

Reviewing his term in office, he says he has learned a lot whilst in the role.

He told the Belper News: “I’ve really enjoyed going out and meeting different people and groups.

“I’m from Belper and knew the town pretty well before becoming Mayor but I’ve learnt so much more about the town and the organisations within it and that’s been great.

“It’s been a fantastic year all round with lots of highlights.

“Some spring to mind such as the skydive that I did and the sponsored walk.

“There have been lots of great events within the town too such as the remembrance service, St George’s Day and the food festivals.

“I’ve been to far too many events to mention but I’d like to thank everyone involved with the events I’ve been invited to.

“I’ve learned a lot about what goes on in Belper.

“There are so many groups and causes that do good work within Belper, it’s been really nice to get to know them and support the work they do.

“I’ve also learned more about Belper’s history thanks to the ambassador training the councillors received from Adrian Farmer.”

Dan has also spent his year helping raise awareness and vital funds for his chosen charity, Treetops Hospice.

He said: “I’m very proud of the fundraising work we’ve done.

“Treetops are a wonderful cause and it’s been nice to help raise funds for them as well as awareness.

“I’ve had a lot of help and support along the way which has been invaluable and I’m very grateful for that.”

In terms of what’s next on his agenda, Dan says he is looking forward to getting back to his busy work schedule.

He added: “I’ll be getting back to work.

“I’ve taken a lot of time out of work in the last year so I need to get back to business.

“I’m also starting a new venture which will take up some of my free time.

“I’m really excited to get that going and look forward to seeing Belper continue to thrive.

“I hope that the next Mayor enjoys their term as much as I have and hope they get the same support that I have.”