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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Kingston-upon-Hull

HULL'S new Lord Mayor has officially been welcomed into the role at a
traditional installation ceremony at the Guildhall.

Councillor Mary Glew's appointment marked the 100th year of the Lord Mayor title in the city.

The special ceremony saw previous Lord Mayor Nadine Fudge hand over the chain to Councillor Glew, who also handed over the deputy lord mayor's chain to Councillor Anita Harrison.

The celebrations were continuing today (Saturday) with the Lord Mayor's Parade (11am) and carnival (until 4pm).
Councillor Glew said she is delighted to become the 14th woman to take on the post.

She said: "One-hundred years to the day, I feel very honoured to be bestowing the title of the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber.

"I am the 14th woman to receive the Lord Mayor title and, fortunately, from 1965, when the first Lord Mayor was a woman, we've come on in leaps and bounds.

"A woman has handed over to me and I will hand over to another woman, so that's a forward-thinking council that thinks about the role of women, what women offer, what we can offer and how far we've come in 100 years. That is why I wanted to emphasise that because 100 years ago, I couldn't vote and I wouldn't have been stood there as Lord Mayor."

Cllr Glew has chosen Preston Road Women's Centre, for women who suffer domestic violence, the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Castle Hill Hospital and Mathew's Hub, which works with young people with high-functioning autism, as her charities to support during her year in office.

She hopes to plan fundraising events with a centenary theme to celebrate the occasion.

She said: "We've got a whole host of events this year.

"I'm looking for ladies and gentlemen who are 100 this year to come and have a Christmas party with me. I'm looking at ways of using the theme of 100 throughout the year."

Cllr Glew's brother, Hull City Council leader Steve Brady, welcomed her into the role at the event. He said: "It gives me great pleasure in being able to talk today about my sister Mary Glew.

"The amount of work she has put in, she truly deserves to be Lord Mayor of this city."

Councillor Glew was elected in 2002 as a councillor for Hull's Southcoates West ward. She is currently the chair of the Early Support and Lifelong Overview and Scrutiny Commission.

Carnival today
Ccelebrations will continue with a carnival, which will be held in Hull city centre to mark the 100 years since the first Lord Mayor of Hull took up office. The event will also coincide with an event to celebrate Hull's UK City of Culture 2017 status.

Kingston upon Hull

Kingston upon Hull, usually abbreviated to Hull, is a city and unitary authority in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.It lies upon the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea,with a population of 257,710 (mid-2014 est.).

The town of Hull was founded late in the 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. They chose a place at the junction of the rivers Hull and Humber to build a quay.

The exact year the town was founded is not known but it was first mentioned in 1193. Renamed Kings-town upon Hull by King Edward I in 1299, Hull has been a market town, military supply port, trading hub, fishing and whaling centre, and industrial metropolis.

Hull was an early theatre of battle in the English Civil Wars.[6] Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.

The city is unique in the UK in having had a municipally owned telephone system from 1902, sporting cream, not red, telephone boxes.

After suffering heavy damage in the Second World War (the 'Hull Blitz'),Hull weathered a period of post-industrial decline, gaining unfavourable results on measures of social deprivation, education and policing. In the early 21st-century spending boom before the late 2000s recession the city saw large amounts of new retail, commercial, housing and public service construction spending.

Tourist attractions include the historic Old Town and Museum Quarter, Hull Marina and The Deep, a city landmark. The redevelopment of one of Hull's main thoroughfares, Ferensway, included the opening of St. Stephen's Hull and the new Hull Truck Theatre. Spectator sports include Championship football and Super League Rugby. The KCOM Stadium houses Hull City football club and Hull FC rugby club and The Lightstream Stadium rugby club Hull Kingston Rovers. Hull is also home to the English Premier Ice Hockey League Hull Pirates.

In 2013, it was announced that Hull would be the 2017 UK City of Culture.

In 2015 it was announced that the Ferens Art Gallery will be hosting the prestigious annual art prize, The Turner Prize, in 2017. The prize is held outside London every other year. This important art prize receives more media coverage than any other art prize.

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