The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside have enjoyed a busy schedule of key events and civic engagements so far this year.
Since taking on the roles of Mayor and Mayoress in May 2019, Councillor Norman Dick and Mrs Jean Williamson have thrown themselves into their year of office.
They have met with hundreds of people who go the extra mile to make South Tyneside great, while continuing to raise money for their chosen charities. This year, the Mayor's Charity is supporting the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and NAAFI Break.
Some highlights of their first few months include Armed Forces Day, the dedication of the Tommy Silhouette in Haven Point and the Summer Parade. This year's Summer Parade was enjoyed by over 30,000 people and received some excellent feedback from both residents of South Tyneside and visitors to the Borough.
The Mayor also attended the commemorative event of 'Operation Banner', the name for the British Armed Forces operation in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 2007. As one of the first soldiers on the streets in 1969 himself, the Mayor was very honoured to go to Sunderland and lay a wreath on behalf of all soldiers on Operation Banner.
The Mayor also had the pleasure of welcoming royalty to the Borough when HRH Duke of Gloucester visited Jarrow Hall to open a special exhibition and plant a tree in Jubilee Wood.
In addition, they have unveiled a blue plaque to honour South Tyneside doctor, Anne Seymour, greeted runners at the finish line of the Great North Run and raised funds for the Mayor's Charity by hosting several charitable events.
The Mayor, Councillor Norman Dick, said: "The Mayoress and I are both having a fantastic time representing South Tyneside and meeting so many wonderful people.
"It is a real honour to play such an important role in serving the Borough and its kind-hearted residents."
As part of this year's Remembrance commemorations, the Mayor and Mayoress also launched the Poppy Appeal and joined communities with poignant services and special events held across the Borough. This included a spectacular commemoration event on Remembrance Sunday at Westoe Cenotaph in South Shields.
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 as well as opening the annual Christmas Fair at Haven Point.
In the coming months, 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 boost the Mayor's Charity fund and represent the Council across South Tyneside and beyond.
"The money we raise for these worthwhile causes make such a huge difference, so the Mayoress and I are calling on the kindness and generosity of the people of South Tyneside to donate whatever they can spare."
"As 2019 comes to an end and we welcome in the new year, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support and wish the residents of South Tyneside a very happy and healthy 2020."