“Today is the last day of one of the best years of my life.”
The words of Bridlington South Ward Councillor Chad Chadwick who this morning (Thursday) hung up his robes of office after spending the last 12 months as chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“It has been a fantastic year, and what a year to have been selected chairman, We had the Olympics, Pralympics, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, even only last Saturday watching Tigers gain their promotion at the KC Stadium,” said the 71-year-old who together with his wife Margaret, the chairman’s lady, have attended more than 375 events, including a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.
It was not an entirely new experience for Margaret, who enjoyed a similar year as the last Mayor of the former East Yorkshire Borough Council from 1995 to 96.
One of the many highlights of Chad’s year in office was welcoming the Olympic torch to the East Riding, followed by the Paralympic lantern.
In contrast, he described their lowest point as attending the funeral in Hornsea of Private Gregg Stone, 20, of Attwick, who was killed in the war in Afghanistan.
Many of his official engagements have involved young people of all ages.
“It has been so encouraging to see the good work that many of them do,” he said.
He was also impressed by the number of volunteer groups or individuals he has encountered. “There are very many volunteers in the East Riding doing wonderful things for the benefit of the community,” he said.
He also praised all those who have supported his twin charities of the Bridlington and Driffield branch of the RSPCA and the Teenage Cancer Trust at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull. With their help each will receive donations of £9,000, around £8,500 of which was raised at an auction of local artists’ work held at Bridlington Spa.
Throughout his travels both inside and outside the East Riding he said he had always promoted Bridlington as a great place to visit and to live.