Mayor’s Week: 1 – 7 June 2018

Mayor’s Week: 1 – 7 June 2018

It’s been another non-stop action week, with a particular highlight being a visit to The Commandery for Oak Apple Day, the traditional spring event that commemorates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. I was entertained thoroughly by a Horrible Histories-type performance by Worcester Live Actors who gave a brilliant rendition of the Civil War story suitable for all ages. There were a feast of activities for children and a chance to see the beautifully renovated Presidents’ Room, honouring the visit to Worcester of US presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

It was a privilege to be able to host the English Symphony Orchestra as part of the Elgar Festival. They gave a mesmerising performance in the glorious Guildhall, a fitting venue to celebrate Worcester’s most favourite son on what is now officially known as Elgar Day.

The official opening of the Royal Mail Memorial Garden at the Worcester Delivery Office, Shire Business Park, Worcester.....The Mayor of Worcester, Coun Jabba Riaz with Plant Manager Glenn George (Centre), Rev Diane Cooksey and guests at the opening. Pic Jonathan Barry 5.6.18
The Mayor opens the Royal Mail garden of remembrance. Picture by Jonathan Barry

I am always heartened to see the limitless generosity and community spirit that exists within our city and this was exemplified when I was asked to officially open the Royal Mail Memorial Garden at the sorting office in Wainwright Road. This is a remarkable project conceived and brought to life through the generosity and hard work of the staff, their families and the management at Royal Mail who went out of their way to create a special place to reflect, ponder and shed a tear or two in memory of the wonderful staff that have given the residents of Worcester over 1,000 years of service between them. They may be gone but they will never be forgotten.

As always I sign off with the message of peace not war – I firmly believe that a stronger more prosperous Worcester City is possible through love, not hate.

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