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Celebrating Civic Pride in South Tyneside

It has been a busy year of key events and civic engagements for the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside.

Since taking on the roles of Mayor and Mayoress in May 2017, Councillor Olive Punchion and Mrs Mary French, have thrown themselves in their year of office.

They have met with hundreds of people at various events and continue to raise money for their chosen charities. This year the Mayor's Charity is supporting CLIC Sargent and the British Heart Foundation South Tyneside.

Highlights of their first months in office included the traditional Mayor's Sunday Parade, Armed Forces Day, the spectacular Once Upon a Time themed Summer Parade and celebrating a piece of Borough ship building heritage with the restoration of model warship HMS Pique on display in Hebburn Central.

In addition, they have launched Health Information Week, strengthened relations with the Borough's French Twin Town of Noisy-Le-Sec and kick started events including the Great North Dog Walk, Get Online Week at local libraries and a number of community fun days.

The Mayor said: "We have both had a wonderful time representing our fantastic Borough and meeting so many people.

"It is a great honour to play such an important role in serving South Tyneside and when we get to go a little further afield, the Mayoress and I always seize the opportunity to talk about what a fabulous place the Borough is and its kind-hearted residents."

The Mayor and Mayoress recently helped local organisations to celebrate key milestones such as the Mission to Seafarers celebrating their 160th anniversary and the TS Collingwood Sea Cadets marking 80 years.

They also launched the Poppy Appeal and joined communities to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday at poignant services held across the Borough.

The countdown to Christmas got off to a spectacular start in South Tyneside when the Mayor and Mayoress performed the official switching on of the Borough's Christmas lights in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn town centres. They also opened the annual Christmas Fair at Haven Point.

In the coming months, as their year of office reaches a crescendo, the Mayor and Mayoress will continue to carry out their civic duties, attending key events and engagements, as well as helping to raise as much money as they can for the Mayor's Charity.

The Mayor added: "With plenty more civic engagements to come over the next few months, we look forward to many more occasions where we can help to bolster the coffers of the Mayor's Charity and represent the Council across South Tyneside and beyond, while creating fond memories that we will both treasure forever.

"And as we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support and wish all of our residents a very peaceful, happy and healthy 2018."

For further information about the Mayor and the Mayor's Charity visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/mayorscharity

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