VIDEO: New High Peak mayor is youngest to take on the role

The new High Peak mayor may be the youngest the borough has ever had, but he can still trace his Buxton family line back to before The Crescent was built.

Councillor Matt Stone, the former deputy mayor, has taken on the ceremonial role of first citizen of the borough after being voted in by councillors at a meeting in Buxton on Thursday evening.

Councillor Matt Stone has become the youngest mayor in the High Peak aged just 25. Picture thanks to Darcey Flint Art

Councillor Matt Stone has become the youngest mayor in the High Peak aged just 25. Picture thanks to Darcey Flint Art

Matt, 25, said: “This is a great honour and I look forward to serving the people of the High Peak over the next year.

“I am the youngest mayor the council has ever had, but I want to take this fresh new approach and help people to engage in politics more.”

The charity-focused man has already jumped out of a plane and cycled 50 miles to raise money for good causes, and this year he will be supporting The Thomas Theyer Foundation as one of his mayoral charities.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, who put forward the nomination for mayor, said: “Since becoming a councillor, Matt has strived to bring a fresh perspective to the role, keen to serve the interests of the people of the town.

“Through his work and other pursuits he is well known throughout his council ward, for his approachability and willingness to listen to their concerns.

“As a younger councillor, a particular passion has been working to talk, and more importantly listen, to younger people across the patch and encourage them to engage in the civic process, and not to only vote but be politically aware of the way decisions and changes are made.”

Retiring mayor, Councillor George Wharmby, said the past year had given him some wonderful memories which he would cherish forever.

The role of High Peak deputy mayor will be filled by Councillor John Walton.