Published on 16.01.2023

Mayor’s report on recent civic duties

At the latest Full Council meeting of Alnwick Town Council, Mayor Councillor Geoff Watson presented a report outlining his Civic duties over the last few weeks.

He accepted an invitation to attend the opening of the new laboratory at Quotient Sciences in Alnwick saying: “This new laboratory is a substantial investment from the drug development and manufacturing company who are a major employer in our town and evidence of their continuing commitment to Alnwick.”

As the Town Council representative, the Mayor attended the Annual General Meeting of the Alnwick Branch of the Royal British Legion and a couple of days later he attended the Christmas Dinner of the RBL which was held at the Alnwick Golf Club.

Councillor Watson added: “On December 20th I was delighted to host the Mayor’s Carol Service in St Michael’s Church. It was a wonderful event, led by Reverend Hardy, performers included Northumbrian Piper Gill Lyons, The Bridge Singers and youngsters from St Paul’s RC  Primary School.  Then we had a beautiful and moving performance from Ukrainian singer Viktoriia Rekun who sang ‘Silent Night’ in English and Ukrainian.  I urge people to look at Viktoriia’s performance on the council’s YouTube channel HERE . I was joined by colleagues Cllr. Alan Symmonds, Cllr Gordon Castle and Cllr. Lynda Wearn who read lessons. It was a joyous event, filling us all with Christmas spirit.”

On January 11th the Mayor attended the Retail and Town Centre Advisory Group zoom meeting chaired by Cllr. Martin Harrington.

He also accepted an invitation to attend a Community Networking event at the Alnwick Castle saying; “This was an initiative from The Duke of Northumberland to strengthen the communication between businesses in the town and the Castle. The Duke and his son George, Earl Percy, are very keen to reinforce the relationship between Northumberland Estates and local organisations and I hope this event is just the first of many.”

His Grace, The Duke of Northumberland; George, Earl Percy; Alnwick Mayor Councillor Geoff Watson and Councillor Glen Sanderson; Leader of Northumberland County Council, at the networking event in Alnwick Castle.