New mayor to help homeless

By Tim Clarke 18/05 Updated: 18/05 09:10

Buy photos » Coun Roger Berry (left), pictured here last year on becoming Deputy Mayor, has taken over the chain of office from outgoing Mayor Dr David Tibbutt. (s)

HELPING support the homeless will be one of the top priorities for the new Mayor of Worcester.

Veteran Labour councillor and former social worker Coun Roger Berry was unanimously voted to take on the chain of office from outgoing Mayor Dr David Tibbutt, at the annual council meeting on Tuesday night (May 15).

It comes 17 years after the 66-year-old was in line to become Mayor before losing his seat on the council in 1995.

He has 35 years experience as a city councillor including being a past chairman of the Housing Committee and leader of the council from 1992 to 1995. He was also Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Worcester in 1992.

Coun Berry, who was born in Malvern but has lived in Worcester for more than 40 years, revealed that his chosen charities would be the Maggs Day Centre and St Paul’s Hostel, which both support the homeless in the city and wider county.

Coun Berry added: “I want to take the opportunity to focus a little bit on people with difficult life situations. It’s important we put the issue of homelessness on the political map as well.”

Coun Berry, who is married to retired primary school teacher Jill, added: “I’m proud to serve the people of Worcester and I hope we can develop more civic pride.”

Councillor Geoff Williams said Coun Berry would bring an infectious enthusiasm to the position of Mayor.

Labour councillor Pat Agar was voted in as Deputy Mayor.

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