Thursday, May 30, 2024

374 and out: Outgoing mayor Yash Gupta bids farewell

POLITICIANS across the chamber paid tribute to outgoing Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Yash Gupta at Wednesday (22 May) evening’s annual council meeting.

Leader, Cllr John Kent, said he had know the former mayor for around 20 years and that his determination, “pride and effort” had see him succeed when coming to Britain from India in 1966, had been apparent throughout his year of office.

Conservative group leader, Cllr Phil Anderson, added that Cllr Gupta’s “pride and community spirit” had shone through, and Cllr Barry Palmer, leader of the Independent group – and a former mayor himself – said all he could do was echo the earlier comments and “welcome him to the club”.

In his leaving speech, Cllr Gupta talked of the honour the role bestows. He said: “I was at 374 different events, promoting the council’s civic role locally, as well as promoting the borough and the name of Thurrock further afield.”

He looked back on celebrations during the year – T Fest, the Queens’ Jubilee “when Thurrock residents organised 42 street parties” the visit of the Olympic Torch and the Olympics and Paralympics.

He also highlighted “the amazing work of local volunteers”, saying: “I have been truly impressed by our strong voluntary, community and faith sectors.”

He concluded by saying: “Our future lies with our children. After visiting 20 local schools and colleges I feel proud of the increasing aspirations and achievements shown by our young people.

“As the Mayor of the borough I invited 20 high achieving boys and girls from our secondary schools into this chamber to give them an experience of democracy in action and showed our appreciation for their achievements.”

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