This week Megan Sylvester, from Shoeburyness High School and Chris Copley from Westcliff High School for Boys were named as Youth Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
I always like to keep an eye out on the work that Southend Youth Council do. Being closely involved as the borough's Youth Champion in my early years of being a councillor ensured this.
During the election process for the Youth Mayor, I was pleased and pleasantly surprised to hear at last week's Shoebury Debate that Shoeburyness High School had the highest turnout. I think it is fantastic that young people in Shoebury are engaged in the political process and wish Megan and Chris every success in their roles.