Thursday, 22 March 2012
PEOPLE'S MAYOR OF RAMSGATE
For the first time ever Ramsgate residents will have a chance to choose who they want to be the new Mayor of Ramsgate.
But the winner won't get an official title or any power -- but will be the People's Mayor.
The vote is being be organised by the new monthly events magazine Thanet Watch.
Thanet Watch editor Norman Thomas said: Ramsgate is full of people with big personalities and enterprising ideas. It seems only right to give one of them a chance to show their vision for the town.
Readers of the magazine will be invited to write in with their favourite candidate and reasons why they think she or he will good for Ramsgate
The magazine has already had suggestions for candidates, Mr Thomas said.
The front runners currently are the well-known figures Gerry O'Donnell and Ralph Mr Ramsgate Hoult, he said. But a very popular choice seems to be Andy Barrett landlord of the Belgian Cafe.
Two women have been so far suggested, Mr Thomas said. These are Brenda Blethyn, the actress, and Sue Kennedy, a campaigner against night flights from Manston.
People can vote for whoever they like, Mr Thomas said, But we do want to know why they're voting for them.
More details of the vote and what will be offered to the People's Mayor will be included in an upcoming issue of the magazine.