Councillor Mike Parkes is elected as Ferndown’s youngest ever mayor at the age of 41

YOUNGEST: Ferndown mayor, Councillor Mike Parkes, with, left, deputy mayor Cllr Tony Brown and deputy mayoress Billie Brown

YOUNGEST: Ferndown mayor, Councillor Mike Parkes, with, left, deputy mayor Cllr Tony Brown and deputy mayoress Billie Brown

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FERNDOWN councillors have unanimously elected the town’s youngest-ever mayor.

Cllr Mike Parkes, who was just 26 when he joined the council, will take on the role for the next year.

Now aged 41, the on-call firefighter has served on every committee with the exception of planning, and said he was “honoured” to be nominated.

“Having lived in and around Ferndown for all of my life, I have seen the town grow from a village as it was in my childhood, through to the large thriving town it is today,” he said.

“Outside the day-to-day town council business, my priorities as mayor will be primarily to support events and organisations within the Ferndown authority.”

Cllr Parkes has always lived in Ferndown and has a lifelong link with the 1st Ferndown Scouts.

Until recently, he was also a county commissioner for the group, and in 2011 was elected to represent the south of England on the Scout Association’s UK Board of Trustees.

After accepting the role, the councillor told his colleagues: “As you know, I have a long-standing interest in youth work and it will come as no surprise that my mayor’s charity will be based around this theme.

“Therefore, I am pleased to announce my mayor’s charity will be Active Youth of Ferndown, through which I will be raising money to fund activity equipment for the recognised charitable youth organisations within the town.”

Cllr Parkes has worked in the civil service since leaving school.

For the last 17 years, he has been based at Bovington, and works as a compliance manager for the Ministry of Defence.

Additionally, he has been a retained fireman at Ferndown Fire Station for the past 19 years.

Cllr Tony Brown was elected as deputy mayor during the same meeting.

Although he has only been a member of the council since 2012, he is co-ordinating this year’s first Ferndown Festival, which will kick off with the second annual pram race on June 21.

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8:39am Tue 27 May 14

Azphreal says...

'“Having lived in and around Ferndown for all of my life, I have seen the town grow from a village as it was in my childhood, through to the large thriving town it is today,” ' Village? Really! I grew up there (im older) and do not remember it being a village.
'“Having lived in and around Ferndown for all of my life, I have seen the town grow from a village as it was in my childhood, through to the large thriving town it is today,” ' Village? Really! I grew up there (im older) and do not remember it being a village. Azphreal
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2:09pm Tue 27 May 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Azphreal wrote:
'“Having lived in and around Ferndown for all of my life, I have seen the town grow from a village as it was in my childhood, through to the large thriving town it is today,” ' Village? Really! I grew up there (im older) and do not remember it being a village.
Agreed. I'm the same age as The Mayor and wasn't a village when I was a kid but a town.
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: '“Having lived in and around Ferndown for all of my life, I have seen the town grow from a village as it was in my childhood, through to the large thriving town it is today,” ' Village? Really! I grew up there (im older) and do not remember it being a village.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I'm the same age as The Mayor and wasn't a village when I was a kid but a town. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
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9:43pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Stan Dards says...

Mr Parkes did not seem so honoured to represent Ferndown when he used Twitter to refer to the council as like the vicar of Dibley, nor when he referred to our residents at Sainsbury as the land of the living dead. Last year he used twitter to dismiss any interest in being Mayor (when he was not elected, of course). Sounds like he is well placed and ripe for national politics - two faced!
Mr Parkes did not seem so honoured to represent Ferndown when he used Twitter to refer to the council as like the vicar of Dibley, nor when he referred to our residents at Sainsbury as the land of the living dead. Last year he used twitter to dismiss any interest in being Mayor (when he was not elected, of course). Sounds like he is well placed and ripe for national politics - two faced! Stan Dards
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