Red robes handed over to new Mayor of Tamworth for 2018

Mayor TamworthThe mantle, or red robe, of the Mayor of Tamworth has been passed to Councillor Peter Thurgood, who was unanimously voted to the role by his fellow councillors this week.

Cllr Thurgood was sworn in during a traditional ceremony on Tuesday (May 22) at the annual meeting of Tamworth Borough Council which takes place at the Town Hall at the start of each new civic year.

He has supported outgoing Mayor Cllr John Chesworth as deputy over the last 12 months and is now looking forward to serving as first citizen of the borough.

Nominating Cllr Thurgood to the role, Cllr Chesworth said: “I got to know Cllr Thurgood very well over the last year and he’s done a fantastic job in supporting me when I have been double-booked or unable to attend an event. I’ve had some great feedback about him and I can’t think of anyone better to take the role on.”

Cllr Thurgood has already had a busy first term with Tamworth Borough Council, having been elected to the authority in 2016 and nominated to the role of Deputy Mayor in 2017. He’s now looking forward to the adventures and challenges the coming 12 months will bring. These will include representing the town across the region and overseas at our twin towns, visiting local businesses, community groups, schools and organisations, attending all manner of engagements and chairing council meetings.

“I love this town and its people and I’m looking forward to relishing every single day in my role as Mayor,” he said. “I want to support the town and its people and I will be working tirelessly towards that aim. We have a lot to be proud of and my message to the people of Tamworth is that we should believe in ourselves and our communities. Collectively, we can do awesome things.”

Cllr Thurgood has lived in Tamworth since the mid-1970s with his wife Ann and daughter Michelle, who is also a serving Tamworth borough councillor. He’s now retired from a busy career in sales and marketing and IT, working primarily for Lucas and Peugeot.

His chosen charities to support for the year are Midlands Air Ambulance and Headway.

He takes over from Cllr Chesworth who has attended more than 200 events in his year of office, supported by his wife Tereasa, and raised just over £2,500 for his chosen charities, including Tamworth and District Scouts.

Handing over the Mayoral chain, Cllr Chesworth, said: “It’s been a fantastic year and a real privilege to serve as Mayor to the people of Tamworth. I thought I knew a lot about the town, but really I had only just scratched the surface. As Mayor, I realised there’s a whole lot more to it. I’ve been to places I would never have been, met people I would never have met and we are going to keep in touch with some of those people and will continue to give them our support. We’ve also represented Tamworth around the region which is a big honour. We’ve given it our best shot, alongside work and family, and hope we have done the town justice.Mayor of Tamworth

Cllr Richard Kingstone, who previously served as Mayor in 2014/15, was unanimously voted to the role of Deputy Mayor.

Able Cadet Joshua Mandefield of Tamworth Sea Cadets was inaugurated as the Mayor’s Cadet for the forthcoming year. Taking over from Cadet Warrant Officer Charlotte Cropper of 1122 (Marmion) Squadron Air Cadets, he will represent the young people of the town by attending some civic duties with the Mayor.

CWO Cropper was thanked for her support by the outgoing Mayor, who said: “CWO Cropper was a fantastic Mayor’s Cadet and supported us at a number of events throughout our year. She was a real credit to her squadron.”

The annual meeting also saw Cllr Daniel Cook being re-elected to the position of Leader of Tamworth Borough Council for the 10th time.