No ‘Lord’ Mayor title for Bath

Cllr Rob Appleyard

Sad to say when Cllr Rob Appleyard is elected Bath’s new ‘First Citizen’ at the end of the month – he won’t be enrobed as the city’s first Lord Mayor.

Bath was one of a dozen places in a competition for ‘Lord Mayoralty’ status – joining the ranks of previous jubilee competition winners like Chester, Exeter and Armagh. However, the honour has gone to Southampton.

Though Rob will have to be content with just being the city’s 795th Mayor – l am sure he’ll be enjoying this historic and important role.

He will take office during a ceremony at Bath Abbey on Saturday, May 28th. The new Deputy Mayor will be Newbridge ward councillor Michelle O’Doherty.

The Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player

Cllr June Player is our current mayor and soon to take up her role as Vice-Chair of B&NES council. She told me:  “It would have been lovely for our wonderful City to have received this honour from Her Majesty The Queen, as part of the historic Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. However, the competition was very strong and, of course, on behalf of the City of Bath I send my congratulations to the City of Southampton.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Appleyard, the Mayor-Elect said: “There were nine great cities involved and I join the Mayor in sending congratulations to Southampton. I know there are many Jubilee events planned across the City, which our residents will no doubt embrace and enjoy, and I shall look forward to celebrating too.”