Bridlington Town Mayor – Councillor John Arthur
The Mayors chosen charities are both local – the Hinge Centre, which has been supporting local people since 2008 and Bridlington Homeless Hub which was established in April 2023 and is part of local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. The Mayor and Mayoress will be fundraising for both of these charities throughout the Mayoral year.
I was born in and grew up in South Yorkshire in a small mining village near Rotherham. My childhood holidays were almost entirely spent in Bridlington and I grew to love the town from a young age.
I went to Birmingham University to study Computer Science and Electronic Engineering where I graduated with a 2.1 Joint Honours degree. I ended up staying in the West Midlands area for my whole career where I worked initially for Lucas and in the end for an Aerospace company in Worcestershire from which I retired two years ago. I worked on many varied automotive and aerospace products over the years, starting my career as an electronic and software engineer on projects and ending as a Programme Manager responsible for delivering government aerospace programmes to the value of up to £70m, visiting customers all over the world. Once my 5 children had all grown up and left home I was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement. I wanted to return back to Yorkshire where I grew up and live near the coast, Bridlington was the perfect choice and a wonderful place to live. My wife, Diane, and I have absolutely no regrets about the move and have embraced Bridlington as our home town.