The hunt is now officially on to name Croydon's first ever Young Mayor.

At the launch event last night (February 22), 28 budding candidates (aged 14-17) unveiled their ideas and plans to improve Croydon, should they be elected.

Mayor of Croydon Toni Letts, was delighted to see what the candidates had to offer.

"It is inspirational to see so many young people ready to get involved in local democracy and represent their peers.

"You all have an important role to play in our borough’s future and I wish you all, every success.”

Between now and the election, candidates will attend two public question times – the first on March 1 at Christ Church, Purley.

The second will be held on 8 March at Stanley Halls in South Norwood.

The events are invitation only but anyone can submit questions through Twitter @Young_Croydon.

Councillor Alisa Flemming was glad to see young people stand up for what they believe in.

“It is fantastic to see so many young people ready to stand up and be a voice for others – this is what our Choose Your Future campaign is all about," she said.

"And with such high-calibre candidates, Croydon’s Young Mayor election is going to be a tough competition.

"All candidates, whether they win or not, are invited to become part of our youth forums and I hope they take the opportunity as all of them have so much to contribute. Good luck to each and every one of you.”

Voters aged 11-18 will head to the polling stations on March 13, with the count taking place the next day and the new mayor announced on March 15.