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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newcastle has welcomed a new Lord Mayor - in the 800th anniversary year of the mayoralty of the city.

After 12 months in the role Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Graham stood down to welcome the city’s 19th woman in the position - councillor Hazel Stephenson.

Coun Stephenson, who represents Scotswood and Benwell, follows in the footsteps of her late father councillor Terry Cooney, who was also Lord Mayor.

Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor will be Linda Wright.

Lord Mayor Stephenson, said: “It’s a great honour to become Lord Mayor of Newcastle, especially in the 800th anniversary of the city’s mayoralty.

“I am a great believer in getting things done by bringing people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages together to work in the best interests of this great city, and I hope to use my year to do a lot of good things that help people in their lives.”

Lord Mayor, Coun Graham, said: “I would like to thank my fellow council colleagues for entrusting me with this great honour of undertaking the office of Lord Mayor of Newcastle, especially in the run up to the prestigious eight-hundredth year of mayoralty.

“I promise to do everything within my powers to best represent the people of Newcastle as the first citizen of the city; and with the Lady Mayoress by my side it will be a very proud and momentous year for our whole family.”

Coun Graham will be joined by his wife of 47 years, Margaret, who becomes Lady Mayoress. They have three children – Lisa, Lindsey and Nicola – and five grandchildren.

The Lord Mayor was born and brought up in the West End of Newcastle and has three siblings.

He spent the early years of his working life in the Royal Navy but later went on to work for Newcastle University.

He is a councillor for the Castle ward of Newcastle and was first elected to represent the council in May 1994.

The new Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Hazel Stephenson, has a family history of civic engagement - her father, Terry, was Lord Mayor over a quarter of a century ago.

Coun Stephenson is a former careers advisor and has held three cabinet positions. She first became a councillor in October 1999 and represents the ward of Benwell and Scotswood.

She lives in Denton Burn with her husband Trevor and their two children, Andrew and Kate.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne,commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles (166 km) south of Edinburgh and 277 miles (446 km) north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the North Sea. Newcastle is the most populous city in the North East and forms the urban core of Tyneside, the eighth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom.Newcastle is a member of the English Core Cities Group[6] and is a member of the Eurocities network of European cities. Newcastle was part of the county of Northumberland until 1400, when it became a county itself, a status it retained until becoming part of Tyne and Wear in 1974. The regional nickname and dialect for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie. Unusually, the name is spelled without hyphens. Newcastle Upon Tyne also houses Newcastle University - an elite Russell Group university, placing itself amongst the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United kingdom.

The city developed around the Roman settlement Pons Aelius and was named after the castle built in 1080 by Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror's eldest son. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade in the 14th century, and later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the River Tyne, was amongst the world's largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. Newcastle's economy includes corporate headquarters, learning, digital technology, retail, tourism and cultural centres, from which the city contributes £13 billion towards the United Kingdom's GVA. Among its icons are Newcastle Brown Ale; Newcastle United football club; and the Tyne Bridge. It has hosted the world's most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, since it began in 1981.

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