‘Being mayor is an honour and a delight’

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IS THERE any better job in the world than being a mayor?

After four-and-a-half months in the role of Mayor of Fareham, I rather think not – a view I’m sure will be shared however by my fellow mayors across the land.

The Mayor of Fareham is a relatively young position having been established in 1972 when the town became a Borough.

The position of mayor in this country however, dates back to the 12th century and of course probably the most celebrated being Dick Whittington who became Mayor of London on the first of four occasions in 1397.

I was elected as a councillor for the first time in May 2012 representing Warsash ward.

It was then beyond my wildest dreams that I would be invited at all, let alone after such a short period, to have the honour of becoming Mayor of Fareham.

What have myself and my wife Anne done since we became mayor and mayoress on May 14 this year?

We commenced our year by hosting guests from one of Fareham’s twin towns, Pulheim in Germany and Vannes in France.

Fareham has a very strong association with its twin towns and there are very strong social and cultural connections which bring us together.

Since May, we have undertaken around 150 engagements, visiting a totally diverse range of organisations.

This has included visiting Scouts, charity groups, voluntary organisations, schools, care homes and many, many more.

The recognition and thanks that we are able to give to so many volunteers and organisations for the wonderful work they do to make Fareham such a delightful place to live has been a true privilege.

We have also had the pleasure of officially opening a number of new buildings.

These have included the Park Lane Skatepark, the Bath Lane cricket pavilion, the new Sainsbury Local store at Park Gate and Locks Heath Infant School’s new building.

There really is something special about cutting a ribbon to open something new.

We even carry around with us in our car, a rather special and flashy pair of scissors for such occasions, should our hosts not be able to put their hands on one.

As I started this piece by saying, being the Mayor of Fareham really is an honour and a delight, and Anne and I still have so many lovely events in front of us to look forward to.