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Mayor of Preston to make history with a second year in office

Posted on - 20th April, 2020 - 7:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Councillor David Borrow

The Mayor of Preston councillor David Borrow is to make history when he becomes the first mayor to serve a second year in the role during peace time.

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Cllr Borrow is the 692nd Mayor of Preston and is one of just three mayors to continue the role into a second year in the last century.

The role of Mayor of Preston is a tradition dating back to 1327.

The Mayor acts as the city’s first citizen, which mean they speak on behalf of the city. The Mayor of Preston has to be a Preston City councillor and is usually someone who has served for many years.

They are to be selected to serve in office by their colleagues at Annual Council and will become the Mayor for a year.

However due to the current social distancing guidelines in place, council meetings at the Town Hall are currently cancelled and local elections have been postponed until 2021.

This means the Leader, Cabinet, Councillors and The Mayor will be kept in the same post for another year.

The previous two long term Mayors were during both world wars. Lauded Prestonian Sir Harry Cartmell held the Mayoral title for six years from 1913 to 1919 throughout the First World War.

It then fell upon Reuben Ainsworth to take the reins for two years from 1947-1949 following the Second World War.

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Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive of Preston City Council said: “During these unprecedented circumstances exceptional decisions need to be made.

“Preston City Council is focused on supporting the community, NHS and all Prestonians during these difficulty times.

“Extending Councillor Borrow’s time as the Mayor of Preston for another year will maintain a level of continuity as this difficult time.

“It is humbling to see the people of Preston pull together at this crucial time and thank everyone for their efforts – whether that’s staying at home, carrying on with their key worker roles or providing much needed care and support for our communities.

“It is very much appreciated.”

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