MAYOR FOR THE DAY COMES TO THE PRIORY SCHOOL
The Mayors Officer Robert Handley picks up two students from the Priory School who have been selected to be their Mini Mayors for the day. They are then driven in the Mayoral car to the Guildhall where they meet the Mayor (Yours Truly) and Tricia the Mayoress in the Mayors Parlour. We find out their names are Kayleigh Hughes and Doug Coull.
After giving them a Mini Mayor pendant to wear, their official badge of office and a brief talk on what and where we are going to do today we load up and leave for our first appointment.
SHREWSBURY CASTLE GRAND TOUR
A visit and grand tour of Shrewsbury Castle. A first for both the Mayoress and myself, as we had never been up on the roof or down in the dungeon. Below is a pictorial of our tour of the castle as seen by a few.
PENGWERN COURT – MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
It was then a quick journey by car to our next engagement at Pengwern Court for a coffee in support of the Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning. It was also a chance to meet old friends as I had attended the same event last year as Deputy Mayor.
Below is a pictorial of our visit. Our young Mini Mayors were received with such affection I think that they may take up the residents offer and visit them when they have time on another day.
Pictured in the middle is Daniel Kawczynski MP (He is the tall personat the back) Daniel called in to lend his support and it was the first time that our Mini Mayors had met a Member of Parliament, so that was yet another first for them. We do like to try and make it a special day yet keep the format the same as any working day of the Mayor.
It was then back to the Guildhall for lunch and a quick freshen up ready for a full afternoon. No pictures of food today as we were all to busy eating to bother about pictures.
MORRIS LUBRICANTS – CASTLE FOREGATE
Then it was off to the Morris Lubricants in Castle Foregate, where we were met and treated to a presentation and brief history of Morris Lubricants from Candles in the 1800s to high tech oil of the 2000s.
Below is a pictorial of our fantastic tour. It had been over 30 years since I had walked around the facility, and boy has it changed, there was some equipment still in place but not now used, that was there when I last visited, plus they were more than pleased to show it to me.
The picture above shows how light the place is but the reflective jackets on the other photos make the place look so dark, in fact it is really light in there.
Yep they let me have a go at filling a tank or two with special oil and expensive stuff at that, didn’t spill a drop wow. I am not going to write anything about Morris Lubricants until after I have published the article in my column in the Chronicle “WE’RE PROUD OF SHREWSBURY” because we should be proud of this company, as it is still in private hands and being run by a fith generation of the same family, that started off in Frankwell, moved to Rowleys House and then finally to Castle Foregate, and still expanding. A world wide business. What is the saying ” From little acorns ……”
It was then time to leave Morris Lubricants and return back to the Guildhall to collect some bits and give out some freebies to our Mini Mayors, but not before Morris Lubricants gave them some freebies to remember their tour of the factory.
Pictured above from Right to Left is: Tricia Mayoress, Doug Mini Mayor, Kayleigh Mini Mayor and Yours Truly pictured in front of the Town Councils silver collection.
We then left the Guildhall via the Zutphen Square, another sight for our Mini Mayors to see for the first time as it is located within the building of the Guildhall. We then took our Mini Mayors home, dropping them off at their Houses and meeting their parents.
I think they enjoyed themselves as well as seeing things and meeting people that they normally would not have done. I also hope that they will remember the day for a long time to come. They were fantastic Mini Mayors and I feel that they could take over from me at anytime as they really took to the role like ducks to water. I also think that they would be tired after a long hot day as it was gone 5pm before we got them home. Well done Kayleigh and Doug. From Tony and Tricia.
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