The Olympics are over and it’s time to reflect on what a remarkable success it has been. I want to congratulate our local athletes and particularly former King’s School pupil Zac Purchase, who scooped the Silver in the rowing.
But I think congratulations are also due to the many Worcester residents who volunteered at the games, as “game makers”, dancers, trainers and much more. One of our local students, Alex Donaldson, was seen by millions around the world when he was the medal bearer at the ceremony when Usain Bolt was presented with his 100m Gold.
By the time you are reading this I will be on a well-earned break after a busy time. I am already looking forward to the Annual Worcester Festival starting on Friday, with so many activities for young and old alike. I hope to see the programme well- supported and will enjoy what I can, as there are so many interesting events to cater for all tastes.
I was delighted to welcome members of the Worcester Afro-Caribbean Association to the Guildhall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. It was great to see so many happy faces, particularly so soon after we had witnessed Usain Bolt’s incredible Olympics performance. The local association represents people primarily from Worcester and Droitwich and of course is keen to preserve their cultural heritage. I was presented with a framed woven tapestry to mark this happy occasion.
On Thursday I was able to meet Lt Col Turner of The Mercian Regiment, who joined me for tea. He was keen to express the gratitude of the Mercian Regiment to the city, particularly for the reception the troops received at the Freedom parade in June, when hundreds of local people had lined the streets to welcome home these brave men and women. Worcester has always been a good recruiting base for the army and around 100 new recruits sign up here every year. We discussed the Armed Forces Covenant and how district councils can play their part in helping soldiers re-adjust to civilian life.
Later I attended a pre-meeting of Trustees at The Porcelain Museum, as I shall be away for the full meeting. As Mayor I am an ex-officio trustee for a year only. The next agenda will include the annual accounts and information about a potential bid for funding from The National Lottery. This fine Museum is well worth a visit as it has a national reputation. My thanks are due to Amanda Savidge, the museum’s director, and Sam Driver White, Chairman of the trustees.
While I am on my break, Deputy Mayor Pat Agar, will be stepping up. In next week’s blog she will be reflecting on her experiences.