Wolverhampton's 157th Mayor says he is looking forward to serving the city during his time in office.

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Councillor Ian Brookfield was elected Mayor during a ceremony earlier this month and said: "I am delighted to have been elected to serve the people of Wolverhampton as Mayor during 2015 t0 2016.

"It is an honour and a privilege to asked by my fellow councillors to take this important role for the next 12 months, and to serve the people of our wonderful city as the 157th Mayor of Wolverhampton.

"This year I'll be looking to celebrate volunteering. We are hugely fortunate to have more than 10,000 volunteers doing some fantastic work in our city - they never ask for any gratitude and I'd like to highlight their dedication.

"I'm also looking forward to raising awareness of, and vital funds for, my chosen charities and community organisations, which include local food banks and soup kitchens, the Physiotherapy department at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital, the Kingswood Trust, Bilston Remembered and the Interfaith Network.

"I will be holding a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months, with all proceeds going to these nominated good causes, and I'd urge the people of Wolverhampton to give them their full support so that, together, we can raise thousands of pounds for charity."

The Labour councillor for Fallings Park was born in Liverpool and moved to Wolverhampton in 1990 with his wife Paula, a Wednesfield South councillor and Mayoress for 2015 to 2016, and their 2 sons.

He was first elected to the council in 1995, and has a deep interest in education, having sat on several school governing bodies including Moreton Community School and New Park School.

He is also big football fan, following both Wolves and his boyhood team Everton closely. He said: "I'm looking forward to the time the 2 clubs lock horns once more in the Premiership, hopefully as soon as the 2016 to 2017 season!"

  • released: Friday 29 May, 2015