Sunderland Mayor makes himself at home

The new Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Couns Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan are supporting two charities this year. They are pictured at their "at home" civic celebration with Kate Conqueror from Sunderland Carer's and Sylvia Stoneham from St Benedict's Hospice, right.
The new Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Couns Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan are supporting two charities this year. They are pictured at their "at home" civic celebration with Kate Conqueror from Sunderland Carer's and Sylvia Stoneham from St Benedict's Hospice, right.
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SUNDERLAND Mayor Iain Kay looks at home with his new job as he marks the start of his 12-month term with a traditional tea party.

The Millfield councillor took part in the annual At Home event, which gives the new mayor and mayoress the chance to introduce themselves to the city.

Coun Kay and wife Barbara McClellan joined guests, including representatives from community and voluntary groups, at the Civic Centre, in Burdon Road.

The get-together, which included afternoon tea and light musical entertainment, also had a Diamond Jubilee theme to mark yesterday’s big event, with the council suite decked out in red, white and blue.

Coun Kay, who took over the role from Coun Norma Wright, said: “I was really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.

“Everyone was invited to join us and enjoy a memorable day.

“This year, I want to make the mayoral office more accessible, but also preserve the sense of heritage and tradition of its ceremonial role. “This annual event gave us the chance to celebrate both.”

Coun Kay, who was born in Roker and has been a school governor since 1986, said he is looking forward to a “unique year ahead” after being presented with his ceremonial chains.

He attended the University of Sunderland where he studied applied physics and business and management, as well as serving with a range of voluntary and community organisations.

“The event also gave me the perfect start to a year of fundraising on my behalf of my mayoral charities St Benedict’s Hospice and the Carer’s Centre,” he added.

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