One of my favourite images from yesterday’s City of Bath ceremonial Mayor Making ceremony is this one.
It’s a picture of Stephen Bird MBE – the former Head of Heritage Services for B&NES – with the award he has just been given by the newly-installed Mayor of Bath, Cllr Rob Appleyard, in a ceremony held in Bath Abbey.
With 41 years of service under his belt, he stepped down from his leading heritage role in September last year.
He can take the credit for putting Bath’s amazing archaeological, cultural, and architectural legacy onto a business footing from which city ratepayers have benefitted in terms of the tourist industry.
In recognition of all this, he was to join the ranks of Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill, Emperor Haile Selassie, and Dame Mary Berry in being admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the City of Bath.
But of course, the main purpose of the day was to elect a new mayor for the city – an annual ceremonial role that allows a different ‘First Citizen’ every year to represent Bath on hundreds of different diary dates – meeting all sorts of people.
It was time for Cllr June Player to hand over the role to Cllr Rob Appleyard in a colourful show of civic pomp and pride on a sun-blessed and busy Saturday in May. Rob becomes the 795th Mayor of Bath
For invited guests – which included mayors and chairmen from many other towns and cities – a chance to watch a performance of Bath’s biggest annual civic event.
Helped along with music from the City of Bath Brass Band and songs from Widcombe Junior School Choir.
I have included a selection of pictures but must apologise for the video excerpts from Stephen’s ‘Freeman Award’ ceremony being filmed ‘portrait’ rather than ‘landscape’. Put it down to excitement.
Thanks for having Bath Newseum along folks and good luck to the new Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Rob and Amanda Appleyard.
Now here’s that video!