Cllr Vial, who is ward manager and minor injuries unit manager at the Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston, will be campaigning to keep the town’s Young Firefighters Association.

Under threat because of £2.4 million cuts to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service, the group gives 11- to 17-year-olds the chance to get involved with local firefighters.

“They’re actually quite popular here,” he explained. “And the WCC cuts are threatening them. There are a lot of children in Shipston involved, it’s a popular youth club.”

Cllr Vial’s also pledged to raise money for a local charity that gives counselling to young people in Shipston at risk from drugs and alcohol.

Dash (Drugs Action Shipston) has been going for over ten years and was formed by the local police. The mayor said the charity was currently having difficulty raising money.

Having lived in Shipston for nine years, the Signal Road resident has immersed himself in the community.

He’s involved Transition Shipston, and organised the food festival last year along with fellow town councillor Dan Scobie.

“This year will be a bigger and better two- and-a-half-day event,” he promised. “We’re opening it up with a beer festival on Friday 19th September and then having a big day on Sunday 21st with local companies putting on food events on the Saturday.”

Cllr Jackie Warner was elected deputy mayor.