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Journalist Julie makes history as she becomes mayor

Regional newspaper journalist Julie Bull has been voted in as mayor of her home town of Cheadle.

Julie, (40), who works full-time for the Times and Echo Group in Staffordshire, has become the youngest female mayor in Cheadle’s history.

During her year in office she will juggle her civic duties with that of her ‘day job’, working for the group which publishes the Cheadle and Tean Times, the Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook Times and the Uttoxeter Echo.

Julie also helps run an entertainments business with her husband, Andrew, who will be her consort during her year in office, and has served as a councillor for Cheadle Town Council for the past ten years.

She became deputy mayor last year after being elected by her fellow councillors, and says this has helped her prepare for the busy time ahead.

Julie said: “As a naive 18-year-old trainee reporter I walked into the Cheadle council chamber with my news editor.

“I never would have imagined that 22 years later I would become mayor.

“As deputy mayor I tried to support the mayor as much as I could and this has helped prepare me for the job.

“I feel proud to have been given this wonderful opportunity.”

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