Published on 19.06.2022

Mayor’s report – June 2022

Alnwick Town Mayor Councillor Geoff Watson reported on his official duties to the members who attended the Full Council meeting on June 9th 2022.

Councillor Watson’s appointments included visiting the Duchess’s Community High School to learn about the work of the High School Trust.

A registered charity, the Trust assists in the provision of facilities and resources which would not be provided otherwise.

He spoke at length with Chair of the Duchess’s High School Trust, Katherine Williams on the type of facilities they are providing which currently include a book club, a lunch club and the provision of equipment to students.

Cllr Watson was very impressed with the excellent community facilities which are sited at the school and heard about work being undertaken to increase community use.

He joined eighteen volunteers on an Alnwick Town Clean Up where they removed a significant amount of weeds and litter.

The Mayor accepted an invitation to be interviewed by Lionheart Radio about the preparations for the Jubilee festivities as he had headed the Town Council’s Jubilee arrangements.

With colleagues he prepared the Northumberland Hall to be the base for all the acts appearing in the Town Council four-day Jubilee music concert.

The celebrations got off to a great start when The Duke and Duchess opened Alnwick’s Jubilee Festivities on the Thursday morning, followed by Cllr Watson reading out the original 1952 proclamation of accession. The Alnwick Playhouse Band then played the National Anthem before starting their repertoire.

The Concert was a resounding success and the quality of the musicians and singers was excellent.

Geoff reported that the Children’s Parade on the Saturday was a joyful experience and one that the children of Alnwick will always remember. He thanked Rosie Bush and Jessica Mcardle for the excellent work they did in organising the parade which was watched by hundreds of people as it processed through the town, castle and Garden.

He also acknowledged the assistance of the councillors, Rotary Club volunteers and council staff who helped make the event such a success.

Along with Councillor Dianne Watson, he attended the Lord Lieutenant’s Church Service at St Michael’s Church to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Councillor Watson attended the latest Borderlands meeting with Cllr Martin Swinbank where they identified projects in Alnwick, both present and future.

As the Town Council representative, Cllr Watson attended the latest meeting of the Alnwick Branch Royal British Legion and was pleased to report that this new branch already has thirty members.