Mayor of the Day 2016-2017
Cllr Pam Morrison
Mayoress – Mrs Kim Warner
Harwich Town Council has the privilege of being permitted to elect a Town Mayor, a long-standing tradition originally granted by Royal charter in 1604. The Mayor is elected annually at the Annual Statutory Mayor Making Meeting held in May. The election of Mayor is the first item of business on the agenda and he or she remains in office until immediately after the election of their successor at the next year’s annual meeting. The Mayor holds two roles – one as Chairman of the Town Council and the other as Civic Ambassador for the town. Under statutory legislation the Mayor must be a serving councillor.
As Chairman their duties are prescribed by local government legislation. For example:
- The mayor may convene a meeting of the Council at any time and, if so required, at the request of councillors.
- The mayor has a casting vote; one personal vote as a councillor and the casting vote as Chairman in the event of an equality of votes.
- If present at a meeting of the Council, the Mayor shall preside over that meeting and take responsibility for ensuring the meeting is properly conducted, run to time and facilitates debate and the resolving of clear and legal decisions.
The Mayor also serves as an ex officio member on all of the Council’s committees holding normal voting rights. The Mayor may also be selected to sit on Working Parties as arranged by the Council.
As Civic Ambassador the Mayor is the public face of the council and represents the parish of Harwich & Dovercourt. During their year of office the Mayor will be invited to attend many events, both within and outside of the parish and these invitations invariably include requests to open school fetes and sporting events as well as attending civic services and receptions in neighbouring towns within the district.
The Mayor is accompanied during his or her term of office by a Mayoress or consort and has a supporting role in the annual Mayoress’ appeal which raises funds for local charities and good causes. The Mayoress’ Appeal for the current year is supporting the following local good causes:
- Harwich Food Bank
- People’s Community Kitchen
- Horse Rangers Association
The Mayor wears the civic regalia when attending functions in the capacity of Mayor; either the full Chains of Office or the Mayor’s badge, whichever is appropriate. The Mayor’s robes are only worn during the four civic occasions in the local calendar – Mayor Making, Trinity Sunday, Merchant Navy Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Invitations for the Mayor and Mayoress All invitations for the Mayor and Mayoress’ attendance at events are to be forwarded to the Assistant Clerk to the Council, in good time.
To do this you can contact The Guildhall in any of the following ways:
Please complete the mayoral invitation request form
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Post: Harwich Town Council,The Guildhall
11, Church Street
Harwich, Essex, CO12 3DS
Please be aware that submitting this form does not guarantee that the Mayor will be able to attend – attendance will be subject to confirmation at a later date.