A teenaged student from Lancashire has officially become one of the youngest parish councillors in the country.
Daniel Dewhurst, who is studying at the University of Central Lancashire, was co-opted onto Grimsargh Parish Council on Thursday September 6.
Daniel, who turned 19 in July, is currently reading politics and history with the ambition of one day working in defence.
He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Ron Woollam.
Parish council chairman Coun Eileen Murray said: “Dan had shown a keen interest in the work of the council by coming along to the meetings. It is good to know that young people still want to get involved in local issues and help the community.
“We welcome Dan to the busy and challenging work of Grimsargh Parish Council.”
Daniel was inspired to join after Preston City Councillor Tom Davies asked him to stand after last May’s county elections.
Daniel said: “When I heard about the vacancy I put my name forward without hesitation, I wanted to give something back to the community and this is the best way.”
At 19, Daniel is the youngest councillor for Grimsargh and believed to be one of the youngest in the country. He said he felt that councillors had not been concerned about his age, but had accepted him as someone able to speak for the younger members of the community. He added ”I’m glad there was no concern about my age, it will not affect my performance as a councillor.”