Engagements this week began on Monday afternoon when Carole and I visited Moorside Primary School in Droylsden.
We were invited into school as part of their special Community Week activities and we were very well looked after by members of the School Council. I chatted to the children about my role as the Borough’s Mayor and as a local Councillor and we then held a Q&A Session, where I was asked some really interesting questions.
It was a lovely afternoon and in return, I have invited the School Council to join me in the Town Hall, in order that I can show them around the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber.
On Monday evening, Carole and I were invited to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham for the Hulme Grammar School Annual Speech Night. Several of the pupils at the school live in Tameside and therefore we were pleased to offer our support and congratulations.
And it was back to school again on Tuesday! This time we called in at Leigh Primary School in Hyde where we were delighted to join the children for lunch. School Chef, Yvonne Wain recently won our heat for the School Chef of the Year Competition. Carole and I were invited to sample her winning menu of salmon and broccoli fishcakes ahead of the regional final in Knowsley on the 29th January. Yvonne’s food was absolutely delicious and the school made us feel very welcome.
Although I had business meetings on Wednesday there were no official Mayoral engagements.
On Thursday evening, Carole and I were joined in the Mayor’s Parlour by the Borough’s citizens who were recognised in the New Year Honours List. We felt very honoured to meet Mr John Stewart MBE, Mr Andy Platt MBE and Mrs Susan West OBE and were pleased to have the opportunity to extend in person our congratulations and best wishes.
We were given a day off on Friday but resumed our duties on Saturday morning with a visit to the St Peter’s Children’s Centre in Ashton for a Winter Family Fun Day.
Later we attended a special celebration at the Indian Community Centre to mark the 59th Republic Day of India and on Sunday we were invited to observe the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manchester .
On Sunday evening, Carole and I were very pleased to be invited to the 60th Birthday celebration of Radio Presenter, Mr Fred Fielder MBE. The event was held at The Willows Variety Centre in Salford and in true Fred Fielder style, guests were asked not to bring a gift but instead to make a donation to the Mayor of Salford’s Charity Appeal Fund. It was a fabulous evening with wonderful entertainment and it was a pleasure to be able to support Fred on his special night.
And that brings another week to a close, I can’t believe it’s February already, where does the time ago?
I hope you will join me next time, bye for now.