Student's pride with Preston mayoral role

Mayor Brian Rollo, Coun Trevor Hart and daughter Sarah McAlea with Laura King (right)
Mayor Brian Rollo, Coun Trevor Hart and daughter Sarah McAlea with Laura King (right)

A student hospital worker from Preston has spoken of her pride in being chosen to perform the duties of city Mayoress for the coming year.

Laura King, 34, will share the prestigious role with new Mayor Coun Trevor Hart’s daughter Sarah McAlea.

The student department practitioner at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is a friend of the family and cared for Coun Hart’s wife, Claire, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour prior to her death in 2016.

Laura said: “I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity to represent Preston.

“I have grown up in the city, and am currently studying at the University of Central Lancashire, which allows me to study clinical placements at Royal Preston Hospital.

“I am really enjoying the opportunities that this has provided me with and am now really looking forward to embracing this role, and representing my city.”

Coun Hart, has represented Lea ward for the Conservatives since the 2008 elections.

He will replace Coun Brian Rollo as the city’s first citizen with the council’s mayor-making ceremony taking place at the town hall on May 16.

Laura, whose hospital role involves providing assistance in operating theatres, administering anaesthetics and help patients in recovery, is understood to be one of the youngest individuals to fulfil the role of Mayoress.

The Hart family has chosen Headway Preston and Chorley - a charity organisation that provides support for sufferers of brain injuries - as the Mayor’s Charity for 2018/19.

Laura’s mayoress duties will include organising fund-raising opportunities for the cause that is close to the hearts of the Hart family