Outgoing mayor: “There is a beating heart of generosity within Milton Keynes”

Mayoress Nicola Skavydis with her grandad Derek Eastman, outgoing mayor of Milton Keynes
Mayoress Nicola Skavydis with her grandad Derek Eastman, outgoing mayor of Milton Keynes

The outgoing mayor of Milton Keynes has praised the city during his final moments in the job.

Looking back on the past year, Councillor Derek Eastman says an appearance at a 65th wedding anniversary and MK Dons being promoted into the championship are his stand-out moments.

Mr Eastman said: “It has been absolutely fabulous.

“I have seen parts of Milton Keynes I never expected to see.

“I have met wonderful people, and been to some truly fantastic events.

“There is a beating heart of generosity within Milton Keynes. During my time I went to a lot of charity events, and the amount of people there who gave up their time to support or donate to charitable causes is wonderful.

“It really does keep a lot of local organisations alive.”

Mr Eastman, who spent just four months as deputy mayor before taking the top job, supported two city charities during his mayoral reign.

Willen Hospice, a charity which provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment, and MacIntyre, a charity which provides learning, support and care for more than 1000 children and adults with learning disabilities.

The total amount of money he has helped to raise for them will be announced during tonight’s mayor making ceremony, which will see Conservative councillor Keith McLean sworn in.

His deputy will be Labour’s Stephen Coventry.

Mr Eastman, who chose his granddaughter Nicola Skavydis to be his mayoress, congratulated his successor Mr McLean.

He said: “I will tell him to grab the opportunity by both hands and enjoy it. He will meet wonderful people, go to great events and have a fantastic time.”