Mayor Reflects on a Busy Civic Year

Posted by: Press Team on 18 May 2022 12:41

As the Civic Year 2021/22 draws to a close, the Mayor of South Tyneside reflects on a busy year in office.

Over the last 12 months, the Mayor, Councillor Pat Hay and Mayoress, Jean Copp have enjoyed a packed schedule of key events and civic engagements.

Their year in office began in May 2021 when the country was still subject to national covid restrictions.

Then as restrictions began to lift over the summer months, the Mayor and Mayoress set out to fulfil their promise of helping to lift people's spirits, celebrate civic pride and to thank and show their support for local organisations and businesses for their work in helping local communities.

They have also met hundreds of people while representing the Borough across South Tyneside and beyond.

Some of the highlights of the year include presenting the recipients of Queen's Awards, OBEs, and British Empire Medals, with their honours.  

As first citizens of South Tyneside, the Mayor and Mayoress also welcomed royalty to the Borough on four occasions.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal visited the North East Ambulance Service to present long-service awards to staff and to South Shields Marine School for a tour of its state-of-the-art training centre.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex also visited to present the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to NECA Community Garden and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales officially opened Barbour's new Wax for Life Workshop.

The Mayor also led special online tributes for Armed Forces Day and the 70th anniversary of twin town links with Wuppertal as well as marked some of the Borough's most poignant commemorative events, including Remembrance, Srebrenica, Anzac, Holocaust and Workers' Memorial days.

More recently, the Mayor and Mayoress unveiled special blue plaques honouring notable local people and celebrated key events in the calendar, including International Women's Day, Bangladeshi Independence Day, Show Racism the Red Card as well as the Borough's first Local Democracy Fortnight.

The Mayor said: "The Mayoress and I have really enjoyed representing and serving the people of South Tyneside and connecting with our wonderful communities.

"It has been a real honour to meet and use our roles to recognise and celebrate so many wonderful, kind-hearted people. The last 12 months have been incredibly rewarding."

In between official openings and key engagements, the Mayor and Mayoress have continued to raise money for the Mayor's Charity, which this year is supporting The Customs House and Cancer Connections, among other good causes.

Fundraising events, generously supported by local businesses and organisations, have included charity evenings, curry nights, a Halloween-themed tour of South Shields Town Hall and the Civic Ball to name a few.

The Mayor added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the Borough and our amazing businesses and organisations for their support, kindness and generosity during our time in office to date. I'd also like to thank the elected members from all political parties who have supported the Mayor's Charity.

"The money raised for the Mayor's Charity makes a huge difference."

Looking ahead to the new municipal year and following a series of tree planting activities as part of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, the Mayor will be joining communities to celebrate and mark the historic Queen's Platinum Jubilee over the coming weeks.

For further information about the Mayor of South Tyneside and the Mayor's Charity visit or follow on social media at

Last modified: 06 June 2022 12:42