New Mayor of Richmond takes up role at meeting held on Zoom

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson, the new Mayor of Richmond.

The new Mayor of Richmond has taken up the role after the annual mayor making ceremony was held remotely on Zoom.

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson takes up the position following the town’s 352nd mayor making event on Monday.

A total of 14 councillors attended the virtual meeting along with guests and the outgoing mayor’s chaplain, Reverend Fletcher and the incoming chaplain, Pastor Gale Dowding.

The outgoing mayor, Cllr Jonathan Preece, gave thanks to his fellow councillors, the people of Richmond and his chaplain before handing over the mayoral chain to the new mayor.

Cllr Hodgson spoke of the unusual circumstances surrounding the evening but said that keeping safe and healthy was what was important.

She thanked Cllr World for proposing her and Cllr Curran for agreeing to be her deputy mayor, and said she recognised that this was going to be a very different year.

Cllr Hodgson, who worked at Richmond Methodist School for 14 years, spoke of her wish to work with the schools and their pupils to gain their view on the future of Richmond and introduce them to the history the town hall and the council.

She would also like to hold a Christmas card competition with schools , with the best designs being used as the mayor’s Christmas card for the year.

Cllr Hodgson will also be promoting dementia awareness during her term in office.



Her first charity will be Just the Job and she will also raise money for #reading books for local schools.

Cllr Hodgson also paid tribute to her fellow Cllr John Harris who has completed 25 years in office after starting as a town councillor in 1995.

The ceremony took place in the same week as Cllr Hodgson’s sister, Cllr Angie Dale, was made mayor of Colburn. [kofi]