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Week Commencing 6 June 2016

6 June 2016

Attended an all-day course at Morpeth which deals with the role of Civic head/ Mayor as well as assistant Civic Heads and Deputy Mayors (consorts).

This was a very informative course setting out what is require of these posts and the importance they hold, I have to admit it was pretty intense but gave me the additional information an guidance I needed to carry out my Mayoral role to the full.


8 June 2016

Attended the display of the Home Safety Association set up outside the Town Hall. This stall gave widespread information as to safety in the home and how to look after oneself. Well worth a visit next time it comes around.


9 June 2016

Attended the Stockton Riverside College for the production of “FAME“. What a talented group of students involved in not only the production but scenery, lighting, sound etc. I found it to be a professional production performed by talented youngsters assisted by some of the equally talented staff.

A huge well done to all involved a thoroughly enjoyable night.


11 June 2016

Attended 152 Northumberland miners Picnic, this is held every year but this year was in memory of the 13 miners killed in the Woodhorn pit explosion disaster in 1916 , a 100yrs ago! The term Picnic is used to represent a gathering of people because back in those days I believe any type of political gathering was illegal. The memorial service was held and later a wreath laying ceremony, a very moving day.


12 June 2016.

Attended the much anticipated Queens 90th birthday celebration with the opening of the automaton by the deputy lord lieutenant Pam Royale (yes the Pam Royale). What a wonderful down to earth lady with an infectious laugh. We judged a dog show and I have to admit that there were some hard decisions to be made as all the dogs entered were well turned out and each had their own trait (thank you to all the entered). Then we had tea in the high street with well over 400 people involved and, after, Pam pulled the lever that set the automaton in motion.

It rose from the plinth spouting steam then began a sequence of events with a deafening whistle, hissing steam train blast culminating with the wheel of the automaton going around then a final whistle blast before descending back into the plinth. I would urge everyone to visit and tell friends about it as it is an amazing sight; it is set to occur at 1pm every day. I think everyone in attendance had a great experience and judging by the feedback they will be coming back. Thank you to everyone involved you made it a special occasion for us all.


Winner of Best trick


Winners of Most Regal with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Pam Royal an Mayor and Mayoress of Stockton Ken and Linda Dixon


Mayor and Mayoress enjoying the fantastically well attended street party in celebration of Queens 90th birthday and unveiling of Stockton’s Automaton 



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