Published on 20.12.2022

Mayor’s report on Civic duties

At the recent full council meeting, the Mayor of Alnwick gave a report on his recent civic duties.

On Friday 11th November Alnwick Town Mayor, Councillor Geoff Watson attended a gathering at the War Memorial with fellow veterans and Alnwick residents to mark Remembrance Day. He read out the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon and there then followed a two-minute silence to honour those who lost their life.

With other Town Councillors the Mayor attended Alnwick’s Remembrance Service at St Paul’s on November 13th. This was followed by a parade to the war memorial led by the Fusiliers Band, where the Duchess of Northumberland and hundreds of Alnwick residents gathered to pay their respects.

The Mayor was delighted to attend the Alnwick Christmas Lights switch-on. Once again the Market Place was packed with people, everyone had a great time and as if by magic Santa appeared!

Councillor Watson said: “The lights are once again amazing and I was particularly impressed with the Christmas tree in the Market Place. On behalf of Councillors I would like to place on record our thanks to the Christmas Lights Committee who work so hard to light up Alnwick. Well done.”

Councillor Watson and his colleagues attended the Alnwick Forum Drop-In event in the Northumberland Hall. The event was very well attended by both the groups who showed the work they do in town and many residents. The event was an excellent vehicle for communicating with residents and the Mayor hopes the Town Council will be able to host similar events in the future.

Cllr Peter Edge and Cllr Watson transported mature fruit trees to the Community Orchard at Chapel Lands – a community initiative supported by the Council.

Accompanied by Cllr Dianne Watson,  the Mayor accepted an invitation to visit the Alnwick Garden Light Trail. They were both very impressed with the Light Trail declaring it  “Quite a spectacle and well worth a visit.”

The Mayor visited the Community Allotment at St George’s allotments reporting “The community allotment group have done excellent work this year and have a thriving band of people working together on outdoor activities.”

Together with Cllr. Swinbank and Cllr Castle the Mayor accepted an invitation to attend the switch-on of the new Tenantry Column lights which have been installed by Northumberland Estates.

Councillors Geoff and Dianne Watson accepted an invitation to open the Abbeyfield Christmas Fair where they had an excellent afternoon meeting the staff and residents and having a chat with Santa.