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Pam Bates is the new Mayor of Malling - and that's official

Wednesday 16th May 2018

MALLING’s new mayor Pam Bates has received her official chain of office from her predecessor, Roger Dalton.

Cllr Pam Bates was elected the new civic leader for Tonbridge and Malling on May 15.

The 70-year-old borough councillor married husband Keith in 1977 and between them they have five children - four girls and a son - and seven grandchildren.

After losing Keith to cancer in 2008, Pam, who is now retired, spends much of her time helping others in the community and was elected a borough councillor in 2011 - representing Trench Ward in Tonbridge, where she has lived since 1976. Since that time, she has served on many committees.

Cllr Bates, who has already served a year as deputy mayor, said: “I’m really looking forward to continuing this work as Mayor. It will be an honour to raise awareness of the fantastic work carried out by volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses and to meet more residents on my travels around the borough.”

During her term of office, Pam has chosen to support the Tree of Hope charity, which helps children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting their families to raise the funds they need for specialist care.

The Deputy Mayor for the coming year is Cllr Jill Anderson, who represents Hadlow and East Peckham ward.