Outgoing Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Lilian Dodd has capped her year in office by raising more than £30,000 for good causes and completing a mammoth 540 civic engagements.
The Dresden and Florence councillor has met people from all across the city, boosted the profile of local organisations and businesses, welcomed people from all around the world to the parlour and championed local democracy and local causes during her time wearing the iconic gold civic chain.
Councillor Dodd said: “I have enjoyed every second being Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent this year. It has been the most amazing and humbling experience.
“From the civic dinners and the glittering Strictly Lord Mayor’s Ball, to an Egg-and-Spoon race that I recently took part in at Northwood Stadium, with the pupils of Grove Academy, each visit and event has been equally as enjoyable and memorable.
“It’s been a truly incredible year. I would like to thank all of the officers and support staff at the city council and the brilliant people I have met along the way for giving me such a warm welcome.
“This year has proved that the role of Lord Mayor is still of huge importance to our city, and I hope I have done it justice.”
Councillor Dodd has carried out a large number of charity events throughout her year in aid of her chosen charities: Approach for Positive Dementia Support, Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank and Equal Chances.
She said: “I am so pleased to have been able to support such fantastic charities that do such fabulous work for the people of our city.
“The volunteers I have met across different charities are our unsung heroes.”
Highlights from her year also include visiting the ceramic poppies in the iconic Weeping Window installation at Middleport Pottery, inducting former World’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall into Stoke-on-Trent’s Sporting Hall of Fame, and becoming the city’s Mental Health Champion – a role she will be continuing in after her time in office ends.
The mum-of-one was given support throughout the year by husband Alan, who served tirelessly as her consort.
Her year in office formally ends on Thursday (23 May) at the annual council meeting. Councillor Dodd will chair the start of the meeting as Lord Mayor, and then will call an adjournment for the mayor making ceremony, where the chain of office and civic robes are set to be passed on to Trent Vale and Springfields councillor, Jackie Barnes.
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