A new Mayor takes up his seat in the Town Hall from Wednesday evening.Advertisement
Councillor John Collins becomes the 689th Mayor of Preston. The Moor Park councillor has represented his ward for 16 years.
Lifelong Prestonian and former history teacher councillor Collins said: “There’s so much history and heritage to the position of Mayor and, as a former history teacher, it’s a dream come true to be the new Mayor of Preston.
“Preston is a great city with lots going on and I’m really looking forward to attending a wide variety of community events. As Mayor, I’ll also be representing Preston at a whole host of occasions and that’s something I feel very fortunate and privileged to do.
“Fundraising is also a big part of being Mayor and my Mayoral chartities this year are Heartbeat and Blood Bikers. During the year, I’ll be ably assisted by two very dear friends, Mrs Mary Brade and Mrs Joan McGinty, who will be taking turns to accompany me as Mayoress. I am very grateful to them and also to my friends and colleagues for all their support in becoming Mayor.”
The position of Mayor of Preston dates back to 1327 and cllr Collins will replace outgoing Mayor councillor Margaret McManus. she has attended more than 200 community events and civic occasions during her year in office.
Related: The making of a new Mayor for Preston
Mayor Making takes place from 6pm at the Town Hall on Wednesday (18 May) and the public are welcome to attend.
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