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Friday, June 17, 2016

Mayor of Southend-on-Sea

The new Mayor of Southend, Cllr Judith McMahon has been inaugurated as the 96th first citizen of the Borough, saying that art and culture will form a big part of her Mayoral year.

In her acceptance speech at the annual Mayor Making ceremony on Thursday 12th May, Cllr McMahon said that she was honoured to become the new Mayor and looked forward to what promised to be a ‘special year.’

The outgoing Mayor, Cllr Andrew Moring also looked backed on a very successful year which saw a host of charity and business events held that raised the profile of Southend-on-Sea. He revealed that £45,000 had been raised for the Southend Samaritans and the Southend Community Fund.

The current protocol is that the Councillor who has served the longest and who wishes to be Mayor, is nominated as Deputy Mayor, they are then automatically nominated to become Mayor the following year.

The role of the Mayor is purely ceremonial. They do continue to carry out ward work, but this must be in their role as a Councillor and not a Mayor.

Within the Council the Mayor’s main responsibility is to chair the meetings of the Full Council, held in the Council chamber, where all 51 Councillors debate and confirm Council policy.

Externally, the Mayor is the figurehead of our town and of the people of Southend. This involves promoting charities and voluntary organisations, the business community and education. The Mayor opens events and makes presentations, attends functions as your representative, hosts events organised by the Council and receives high profile visitors to the town. In so doing the Mayor represents and promotes Southend to a wide audience.

The Mayor is invited to attend around 300 engagements during her year in office, for example:

Presiding over citizenship ceremonies
Many charity events held at Porters, our Civic house or other sites in town
Walking buses
Opening new businesses
Seeing many of the Amateur Dramatic productions
Opening the high street's themed markets
Visiting the university, college, schools etc
Formal visits to most of the other authorities in Essex
On the occasion when the Mayor is unable to attend an engagement due to previous commitments, the Deputy Mayor will attend on behalf of the Mayor.

The Mayor's diary is available to download. Please note these diaries are only updated weekly so do not show last minute changes. In addition, events are often third party private functions and therefore may not be open to the public to attend.

If you have any questions or would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are arranging, please contact the Mayoral Services Officer using the contact details below.

Unless there is an exceptional circumstance requests must be received a minimum of 10 days in advance.

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