Mayor Elect: Still Call Me Dave

The Mayor Elect for Wirral has told Radio Clatterbridge presenter and friend Steve Evans that he can still call him Dave... as long as he's not wearing his chain of office!

Wirral councillor Dave Mitchell was interviewed in the comfort of his own home for Radio Clatterbridge ahead of his  investiture next week.

Wirral Mayor Elect Cllr Dave Mitchell with his wife Sue

Listeners heard how Dave has worked as a councillor in the Eastham ward for the Liberal Democrats since 1983 but the role of Mayor is seen as non-political.

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Originally from Rock Ferry, he is married to Sue who was from Moreton; they have two daughters Avril and Hayley.

He was Chair of the Planning Committee when the Wirral Waters development was approved, is a former cabinet member for Highways and Transportation and also served on committees for the Mersey Port Health Authority and Merseytravel. He is also foundation governor for Wirral Hospital Trust and is a school governor at Heygarth and Raeburn Primary Schools.

"It's going to really change my life completely for the year. It's a fantastic opportunity for anybody to take. It really is a full-time job." - Mayor Dave Mitchell

Outside of the council, now Dave has retired from the welding industry, he enjoys fishing and watching local football and rugby teams during rare moments of relaxation.

The new Mayor's three charities that will benefit are the Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association; Clatterbridge-based Wirral Breast Care Centre and Wirral Deaf Children's Society.

Read more about Wirral's Mayoral system here.

Wirral Mayor Elect Dave Mitchell talks to Radio Clatterbridge by Radio Clatterbridge on Mixcloud