I hope that readers will allow my wife Lynn (the mayoress), daughter Lucinda (my consort) and me to take a couple of days off from mayoral duties this Easter weekend. Lucinda is getting married to her fiancé, James Kinsey, today (Saturday) so we are in for a very happy but very busy weekend! We hope they will enjoy a long and happy marriage.
On Monday afternoon, our official mayoral responsibilities return and we shall be in Fort Royal Park. Each Easter Monday for the last few years, the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens have organised a wonderful free family fun day, including activities for children, food, drinks and entertainment. This year’s promises to be the best ever and I encourage you to come along. I will be judging the Easter bonnets at 4.00 pm.
Last Friday, we attended Hollymount School for their end-of-term service and celebration. Awards were presented by the Rotary Club of Worcester to many children for their achievements. Local artist Peter Carey had given four excellent paintings to the school for their new library, and I was able to talk about them to the children.
A first for this mayor happened on Saturday morning, when I was invited to officially open a wonderful new ladies’ cloakroom at Pump Street Methodist Church. We were warmly welcomed and shown round this fantastic church. Many locals had dropped in for a cuppa as the church offers rest and refreshment to those needing a break from their city-centre shopping. The mayoress was most impressed that the new loos were designed to modern dementia-friendly standards.
In the afternoon, we watched an exciting wheelchair basketball game at the University. Despite their creditable performance, Worcester Wolves lost to league champions Warwick Bears.
I wish all my readers a very Happy Easter.