Sunday, May 23, 2010

Citizen James

It’s that time of year again, where we get ourselves a new Redbridge Mayor chosen this time by secret ballot from amongst our councillors by our councillors. This is a Civic not a political position. In some ways it’s a bit like the House of Commons speaker role in that the Mayor presides over Full Council meetings. But that’s not all. The role is to represent and promote the borough at many events throughout the year and cut ribbons at opening ceremonies – like perhaps a new swimming pool or library or school. That sort of thing. They also get to dress up in robes, wear huge necklaces and ride in a Jaguar limousine. This is not cuddly Ken or bouncy Boris territory.

This year we have the pleasure of Cllr Jim O’Shea with Deputy Mayor being Cllr Mrs Ruth Clark. That’s her on the right saying “It’s not life as we know it, Jim!” before being beamed down to A13 LBR.

The Mayor also has a charitable fund raising role. This year has a very familiar ring to it. The Alzheimer's Society (Redbridge Branch) was one of Cllr Chan’s chosen duo of charities last year and the Dream Factory was one of Cllr Mrs Sladden’s pair the year before that.

We look forward to reading about the Mayor’s activities on his blog for the whole year and not just the first few months. There’s a link over in the side bar. Maybe the Deputy Mayor would like to contribute occasionally, especially if it involves a bit of Redbridge heritage?

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