THE Mayor of South Ribble is preparing to hand over her mayoral chains to the new Mayor after an ‘absolutely wonderful’ year representing the borough.
Councillor Mary Green and her consort Tony Green have had a year full of events and have been representing the borough across the whole of Lancashire.
They’ve been part of the Leyland Festival, presented students across the borough with prizes and awards, judged the 2016 Search for a Star auditions, hosted charity dinners including a masquerade ball and attended the dedication of the borough’s brand new WW1 memorial.
Throughout the year the Mayor has raised plenty of money for her three chosen charities; St. Catherine’s Hospice, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Legacy Rainbow House.
Reflecting on her year, the Mayor of South Ribble Councillor Mary Green said: “This year has been a great honour and an enormous privilege. I’m taking away so many happy memories from my mayoral year, it’s one I will never forget.
“One of my highlights was visiting my three charities and spending time with their staff and patients there. It was so poignant and emotional but also very special to me. Being present at UCLan and Edge Hill’s graduation ceremonies and prizegiving services at schools and colleges across the county was a privilege as I met many young people of South Ribble who have bright futures ahead of them.
“There’s too many events I’ve enjoyed to list but it really has been a pleasure. I’ve met the High Sheriff of Lancashire and the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire as well as many Mayors from across the county, all of which will remain very dear friends.
“However, the best part of being the Mayor of South Ribble are the people. The charity workers, the volunteers and the local organisations who give so much of their time for our borough are wonderful people and I thank them for all their hard work. The residents make our borough a very special place to be and meeting them all was what made the year so unforgettable.”
Councillor Mary Green also thanked the support of her husband and her consort, Tony Green, who has been by her side throughout her year as first citizen of South Ribble.
Councillor Mary Green will hand over the role to Councillor Linda Woollard at an installation ceremony on Wednesday 11 May, at the Civic Centre in Leyland from 6pm.
The retiring Mayor, Councillor Mary Green added: “I wish Councillor Linda Woollard and her consort Alistair Woollard all the best in their mayoral year. I hope they have a very successful year and enjoy it as much as I have.”