Harleston passes symbolic baton for future leaders

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Harleston has symbolically passed the baton to its future leaders, following a special event aiming to glimpse into the town’s economic, political and social future.

Organised by the Harleston and District Business Forum, the event drew around 100 attendees to St John’s Church on Friday, March 18, for a series of presentations under the theme of ‘Harleston in 2040’.

The audience was told the future of the town and its growth is ‘in our hands’, as a relay baton was handed to three students from Archbishop Sancroft High School, representing the emergence of the new, young generation of future leaders.

Clive Attwood, Harleston Business Forum chairman, said: “We want to look forward a quarter of a century as to how we, as citizens, can encourage, mould or ameliorate change to our environment, our lovely town of Harleston, or even our country.”

Among the guest speakers during the event were South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, Harleston historian Gordon Lascelles, Bishop of Norwich, The Right Rev Graham James, and active town community member Ian Carstairs OBE.

The three Archbishop Sancroft pupils — Year 9 students Genevieve Nice, Lily Kirk and Grace Molenaar — also talked about their concerns, expectations and responsibilities for the town’s future.