Frodsham Town Mayor Mallie Poulton paid a civic visit to the East Midlands at the weekend. He was accompanied by his Consort for the weekend, Mrs Martin, her children Oliver and Emma representing the Juniors Mayors and children of Frodsham, and Cllr Paul Martin, who acted as chauffeur.
Well what a time we have had!
Thanks must go to Cllr Paul Martin and his wonderful family for attending to my Consort and chauffeur needs and their children’s interest in all things civic. I chose the Martin Family as they are originally from Derby and have friends and family there.
We kicked off with a tour of City Hall, then on to afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour – a longer tea than expected. After an exchange of gifts and a promise of further visits on both sides we left.
On Saturday, as an invited Guest of the Mayor, I attended the very popular Derby St Patrick’s Day Parade and Mass. The Mass took me back to my childhood, although the Mass was not in Latin but Gaelic.
I met the Mayor and the representative of the Ambassador of Ireland, who I was to meet in person the following day. The children of the Irish Dance Troupe presented us all with shamrock. After Mass, where I was introduced to the Anglican Bishop of Derby, we watched a festival of Irish song, dance and poetry. At the invitation of Derby’s Irish community, I was pleased to attend a lunch at their wonderful club, meeting Derby’s Rose of Trallee contestant.
On Saturday evening I was the guest of the Hungarian Bodybuilding Team and a group of LGBT members of a local club.
On Sunday, we were off to the High Sheriff of Nottingham’s Legal Service. To list the dignitaries present would take some time but they included my old friends the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the High Sheriff of Nottingham and the Sheriff of Nottingham, not to mention my friend the Chair of Bassetlaw District Council and his lovely wife. They made me feel quite at ease and made my guests very welcome indeed.
I was honoured that we were asked to attend a very grand lunch – an Indian Banquet in a top award-winning restaurant; even more so as I was the only Mayor to be invited.
I have built strong connections with both Derby and Nottingham so that when I am no longer Mayor I can build on the networking connections both cities can offer.
Thanks everyone involved in the weekend, especially my Consort Natalie Martin, Cllr Paul Martin and their children Oliver and Emily. I enjoyed your company immensely and thank you so much for my gift.