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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Wolverhampton

At a ceremony in council chambers at the city's Civic Centre on Wednesday, the Liverpudlian was voted in unanimously to replace Mike Heap.

Councillor Brookfield has represented Fallings Park as a councillor since May 2012, having first been elected to the council in 1995.

An avid Everton supporter, he moved to the Black Country from his home in Liverpool 26 years ago and has worked as a postman for the Royal Mail and as a qualified nurse in the prison service.

The father-of-two has also been a regional representative for the Communication Workers Union.

In his acceptance speech Councillor Brookfield told a packed council chambers that it was 'a great honour' to be elected Mayor of Wolverhampton.

He was presented with his red mayoral robe and gold chain at the ceremony, and announced that he would be supporting three charities over the coming year.

They are the city's foodbanks and soup kitchens, the Kingswood Trust and Bilston Remembered.

He added that he and his wife, the Mayoress Councillor Paula Brookfield, will also support the West Park Physiotherapy Centre.

During the ceremony tributes were paid to outgoing mayor Mike Heap, who also stood down from his role as councillor for Spring Vale earlier this month.

Councillor Wendy Thompson said Mr Heap and his wife Frances had attended more than 300 mayoral events over the past 12 months.

"This was a very caring mayor," she said. "He brought a lot of dignity to the post in a most erudite way."

In his final address to the council, Mr Heap said: "This is as rare as hen's teeth. A Yorkshire congratulating a Lancastrian on being appointed Mayor of Wolverhampton.



Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton, is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. At the 2011 census, it had population of 249,470. The demonym for people from the city is "Wulfrunian".

Historically part of Staffordshire, the city is named after Wulfrun, who founded the town in 985, from the Anglo-Saxon Wulfrūnehēantūn ("Wulfrūn's high or principal enclosure or farm"). Prior to the Norman Conquest, the area's name appears only as variants of Heantune or Hamtun, the prefix Wulfrun or similar appearing in 1070 and thereafter. Alternatively, the city may have earned its original name from Wulfereēantūn ("Wulfhere's high or principal enclosure or farm") after the Mercian King, who tradition tells us established an abbey in 659, though no evidence of an abbey has been found. The variation Wolveren Hampton is seen in medieval records, e.g. in 1381.

The city grew initially as a market town specialising in the woollen trade. In the Industrial Revolution, it became a major centre for coal mining, steel production, lock making and the manufacture of cars and motorcycles. The economy of the city is still based on engineering, including a large aerospace industry, as well as the service sector.

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