Erewash Mayor puts the wheels in motion with an electricscooter
Mayor of Erewash Cllr George Buckley, who is recovering from a painful leg-break, has vowed to motor back into action sooner than planned - thanks to the aid of an electric scooter.
Cllr Buckley has been sidelined since early May after breaking two bones below his right knee, caused by tripping over a wheeled bin whilst helping a friend to move house.
But the 64-year-old is set to attend a trio of official engagements in the next few weeks using a motorised scooter supplied by Long Eaton Shopmobility.
The Council's Civic Support Office contacted the co-ordinators of the popular service to request one of its vehicles after Cllr Buckley said he was keen to return to civic life.
He is now looking forward to attending the Ilkeston Carnival, which takes place at Rutland Recreation Ground this Saturday (June 8th); the Erewash Flower and Garden Festival at West Park, Long Eaton, over the weekend of June 15th and 16th; and the Nottingham Steam and Country Show on June 22nd and 23rd, also at West Park.
Cllr Buckley said: "Attending these events would have been very difficult without the use of the motorised scooter because I'm still unable to walk. Thankfully the vehicle will give me the freedom to move around easily and do what I enjoy most - mingling with visitors and event organisers.
"I've always known just how popular and valued the Shopmobility service is - I just never dreamt that I would be relying on it to perform my civic duties!
"But with the aid of the scooter I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things quicker than I expected."
The Borough Council operates Shopmobility schemes in Long Eaton and Ilkeston. They provide a range of electrically-powered scooters and wheelchairs, plus manual wheelchairs, to anyone with a mobility problem - the result of either permanent or temporary disability.
Customers do not have to be registered disabled or hold an orange disabled badge to join the scheme and loan equipment, which is free.
To join people must produce a valid form of identification such as a pension or benefit book, passport or driver's license.
For more information, see electric scooter
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