Guildhall ceremony to welcome a new Mayor into office

Published: Monday, 15 May 2017

A ceremony celebrating Northampton’s new Mayor will take place at the Guildhall on Thursday 18 May.

During the ceremony, the role of First Citizen of Northampton will pass from Councillor Christopher Malpas to Councillor Gareth Eales.

Gareth, who will become the 777th Mayor of Northampton, has been helping people in his local community for many years.

After starting his career at Royal Mail in 1996, working the night shift as a mail sorter, Gareth was elected by his colleagues as a trade union official. Gareth then took up a full-time role with the Communications Workers Union 12 years ago.

More recently, Gareth turned his attention to the area in which he grew up, and still resides in today, Spencer. Since 2011, Gareth has represented the area as a Ward Councillor for the Borough Council and he also became the Dallington Spencer Division Councillor for the County Council in 2013.

Gareth draws many parallels between his day job and being a Councillor as he feel both provide opportunities to help people and tackle injustice.

As part of these roles Gareth has focused on strenuously campaigning for improvements to his elected area, Highways being a major focus. The resolution of the infamous Gladstone Road ‘rumble strips’, after a three year long campaign, typifies his indomitable approach.

Gareth gets a lot of support in his endeavours from his wife, and fellow Borough Council Ward Councillor (Kings Health), Terrie Eales.

Gareth and Terrie were introduced by mutual friends in 2010 and went on to marry in Las Vegas the following year.

As Mayor and Mayoress, Gareth and Terrie plan to hold many event and activities for a local charity that they were introduced to during one of their first duties as Deputy Mayor and Mayoress – Alfie Bear’s Journey.

Councillor Gareth Eales said: “I am incredibly honoured to become the 777th Mayor of Northampton. The Mayoress and I very much look forward to embracing the next twelve months, promoting the town and meeting with as many members of the local community as possible.

“During my time as Mayor I will be supporting Alfie Bear’s Journey, a local supporter group of the Brain Tumour Charity that was established by Zoe and Danny Thomas whose son, Alfie, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) aged five. DIPG is a highly aggressive form of cancer affecting 35 children, aged 5 – 9 years old, each year. There is currently no treatment and sadly it accounts for 80 per cent of all brain tumour deaths in children in the UK.

“I plan to hold many events and activities over the course of the next year, to get the town’s residents involved in raising awareness of and funds to help this local charity continue its vital work.”

The incoming Deputy Mayor is Councillor Tony Ansell.

If you would like to contribute to the Mayor’s charity or find out more about the Mayor’s activities, please contact the Mayor’s Office at the Guildhall on 01604 837804 or email [email protected]