SOUTHEND'S new youth mayor has taken up her post with a vow to listen to as many people's views as possible.

Megan Sylvester was chosen by young voters in Southend along with her deputy, Chris Copley.

They received their ceremonial chains of office from Southend's Mayor Sally Carr.

Megan, 17, a pupil atShoebury High School, said: “Congratulations to Chris for being elected as deputy, I know we will make a great team. “Thank you so much to all those who voted for any of us, your votes are really appreciated. This year I hope to change the way we are viewed and listen to as many people as possible. I joined the Youth Council because I believe we, as youth, deserve a say and can be heard.”

Chris, 16, a pupil at Westcliff High School for Boys, said: ““I hope to plan with Megan to merge our manifestos to create some fantastic new events. I joined the Youth Council to try and make a change for the young people of Southend.”