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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Nottingham

Crowds filled the streets and knights in shining armour cheered as the new
Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham were officially sworn in.

A day of celebration was held on Saturday to mark the occasion which included a fun day and free entry to Nottingham Castle.

At 11am in the Old Market Square Robin Hood made the official proclamation from the steps of the Council House.

The new Lord Mayor said: "It is absolutely extraordinary to be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham.

"I was once just a little girl in Bulwell and I never dreamt of doing anything this important.

"I will be doing all I can to promote the city and everyone in it.

"We need to create more investment in the city as well as jobs and I am going to do all I can to do that.

"What this event is really about is to get the people of Nottingham to realise that the Lord Mayor and Sheriff are there for them and they should be proud of that."

For the next year the Lord Mayor's duties will include acting as the political figurehead for Nottingham City Council and a champion for city, as well as promoting the diplomatic, business, commercial, cultural and educational life of the city.

Once the pair arrived at the castle the Lord Mayor followed tradition by demanding entry by banging on the gates.

The role of the new Sheriff of Nottingham is less formal but he is expected to promote the city's historic importance as well as encourage local residents to take part in all the city has to offer.

The new Sheriff of Nottingham, councillor Mohammed Saghir, said: "I am going to change the traditional view of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

"I am going to do this by being as good as I can be and offering everyone tea and biscuits.

"I will also not be collecting taxes so people don't have to worry about that.

"The legend of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham is world famous and to be involved in that is an honour.

"Nottingham is one of the great cities of the world and one of the things I want to do is send a message out saying that life is very short so we should all come together as a global family."

There was free entry to the castle so members of the public could watch the official blessing which took place at the bandstand.

Mother of three Julie Griggs, 37, of Hucknall, said: "I think this is such a great day out for everyone and the fact that it is free is even better.

"I would like to see more events like this that use people like the Sheriff and Lord Mayor.

"I think that it works because it is something a bit different."

During the fun day there were a variety of activities for both young and old to try out including archery, castle cave tours, a fancy dress competition as well as a variety of stalls.


Nottingham, is a city in Nottinghamshire, England, 30 miles (48 km) south of Sheffield and 30 miles (48 km) north of Leicester.

Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes) and tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is a tourist destination; in 2011, visitors spent over £1.5 billion - the thirteenth highest amount in England's 111 statistical territories.

In 2013, Nottingham had an estimated population of 310,837 with the wider urban area, which includes many of the city's suburbs, having a population of 729,977. Its urban area is the largest in the East Midlands and the second largest in the Midlands.The population of the Nottingham/Derby metropolitan area is estimated to be 1,543,000. Its metropolitan economy is the seventh largest in the United Kingdom with a GDP of $50.9bn (2014). The city is also ranked as a sufficiency-level world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

Nottingham has an award-winning public transport system, including the largest publicly owned bus network in England and is also served by Nottingham railway station and the modern Nottingham Express Transit tram system.

It is also a major sporting centre, and in October 2015 was named 'Home of English Sport'.The National Ice Centre, Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and Trent Bridge international cricket ground are all based in or around the city, which is also the home of professional football, rugby, ice hockey and cricket teams, and the Aegon Nottingham Open, an international tennis tournament on the ATP and WTA tours. This accolade came just over a year after Nottingham was named as the UK's first City of Football.

On 11 December 2015, Nottingham was named a UNESCO City of Literature, joining Norwich, Melbourne, Prague and Barcelona as one of only a handful in the world.The title reflects Nottingham's literary heritage, with Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe having links to the city.

It has two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, which are attended by over 60,000 students

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