Tuesday evening. It is our usual practice to commemorate local people but l asked the Council this evening to pay tribute to two brave and courageous Police Officers from Greater Manchester, who tragically lost their lives while responding to an incident in Tameside on Tuesday the 18th of September. I asked the Council to observe a minute’s silence to the memory of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes.
The Council proceeded as normal with business and my Mayors announcements l did say that since my inauguration l have carried out 128 engagements, all of which can be visited by my blog http://www.sandwellmayor.org. I thanked everyone who donated to my charities and gave special thanks to Suzanne Hartwell and Geoff for The Tipton Charity Show, and Carole and Vic Silvester for the charity evening arranged at Brandhall Labour Club both events were well supported and enjoyed by all who attended.
The rest of the Council business proceeded normally but with reports from Cllr John Edwards on The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, and Cllr Roger Horton on The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority.
Wednesday morning we had a double citizenship this morning. It was a very moving occasion and the children were very good.
Wednesday morning is a special occassion when families and children attend to accept their certificates of Citizenship.
Wednesday morning I attended the Citizenship Ceremony in the Council Chamber with the Mayoress. It was great to see that people brought their young children along to help celebrate this very important occasion. In point of fact many of the young people became citizens themselves.
Wednesday morning l performed the Citizenship Ceremony and welcomed new citizens to our borough.
It was as always a very emotional time and very pleasing to see so many young people involved with their parents on this very special day.
Tuesday lunchtime l had pleasure of welcoming members of staff who had worked for the council for 25 years.
There were 224 staff members who have qualified for this award, and l met over 100 people who could make it today.
A team photograph was taken outside by the fountain, and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours enjoying memories of long ago.
My first engagement today was a Citizenship Ceremony at the Council House in Oldbury. At the ceremony, every applicant for British Citizenship is required to swear an oath of allegiance to the crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the United Kingdom.
The ceremonies are very enjoyable and open to the public. If you would like to pop along they are most Wednesday mornings and you will be able to find the dates in my forth coming events, or for more information visit the following website.