Mayoral Scoop

Radio Clatterbridge has scooped the first radio interview with the incoming Mayor of Wirral.

Councillor Les Rowlands will be invested into the role on Monday.

Cllr Les Rowlands gives his first Mayoral interview to Ian Grant

He came into the studio to tell listeners in the Health Park about his plans for the year and the three charities he will be raising money for.

Cllr Rowlands trained as a hairdresser and remains no stranger to barber shops.

He told Coffee Club presenters Ian Grant and Helen-Louise Šestan-Burton how he got involved in politics 17 years ago through one of his customers who was also a local councillor.

Currently Deputy Mayor, he revealed what his feelings were when he felt out he was to be selected as the Queen's representative in Wirral.

"When youre suddenly selected as mayor and you know it's for real it suddenly dawns on you that there’s a heavy burden.

"It is a big job and I’m very proud of that. I’m just looking forward to doing it." - Cllr Les Rowlands

Cllr Rowlands has a busy week ahead of him.

After his investiture, he has a full council meeting and then will meet The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The week concludes with royalty of another kind, as he welcomes the Three Queens to Merseyside to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cunard line.

The incoming Mayor revealed his three charities for the coming year.

Wirral Mayor Cllr Les Rowlands and Barbara Baker from the Alzheimer's Society on Radio Clatterbridge by Radio Clatterbridge on Mixcloud

Barbara Baker from the Alzheimer's Society joined him in the studio to thank him for chosing them and to talk about the charity's work.

Listeners heard about the support services available from the Lauries Centre in Birkenhead.

The charity will be based at Asda, Woodchurch for Dementia Awareness Week which begins on Sunday.

It will also benefit from a Mayoral variety show at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight on Tuesday 7th November 2015.

Barbara is one of just three fundraisers in Wirral who raised an incredible £14,000 last year and hopes the Mayor's support will help them raise even more in the coming twelve months.

Cllr Rowlands, who is a registered carer for his 86 year old mother, told listeners he wanted to make a difference and break down barriers after meeting elderly people who are lucky if they speak to one person in a week.

"For a long time I've been worried about our elderly population in Wirral and I really wanted to do something that started to rebuld the communities with the elderly." - Cllr Les Rowlands

Listeners heard that the Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends will also become one of the Mayor's chosen charities.

Cllr Rowlands, who was born in the hospital, revealed that he was impressed by their efforts when he was invited to one of their meetings.

"For the last 60 years they have been beavering away without any pats on the back. They deserve to be highlighted.

"Clatterbridge to me is an absolutely excellent centre in every way…. It should be highlighted and these people who support Clatterbridge should be highlighted too." - Cllr Les Rowlands

The North West Air Ambulance, which plans to base a helicopter for Merseyside in Seacombe, will also benefit from the Mayor's fundraising efforts.