Perfect Fit Outfit For Mini-Mayors
23 April 2019 Local News
Young people can enjoy a more authentic experience of what it feels like to be the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme following the production of replica regalia.
Mayor Gill Heesom has organised for a children’s version of the Mayor’s historic civic dress to be made to enhance school visits to the Mayor’s Parlour.
Young visitors will take turns wearing the ceremonial outfit, comprising a robe, hat, gloves and chain of office, during popular educational sessions about the history of the Mayor and Newcastle, what the role involves and how council meetings work.
It was made by Margaret Litherland, who volunteers at the Brampton Museum, and funded by the Clayton Locality Action Partnership.
Mayor Gill Heesom said: “This is my gift to future mayors and I hope it will be treasured and enjoyed. My hope is that young people will want to come along to visit the Mayor and be interested in learning more about the historic role. I would love them to know that anyone can aspire to become a councillor and/or mayor and take an interest in their communities. They may even be inspired to stand for the Council themselves in the future.”
The Mayor has also had “I’ve met the Mayor” stickers made for smaller children.