The outgoing Mayor of South Ribble has heralded his 12 months in post as ‘a phenomenal year’.
Councillor Mick Titherington’s action-packed tenure comes to an end on Tuesday 15 May, when he will hand over the chains to current Deputy Mayor of South Ribble Councillor John Rainsbury at the annual Mayor Making meeting of the council.
Councillor Titherington’s mayoralty has taken him all over the borough, getting involved in everything from sword fighting and drum playing (at this month’s Commonwealth celebration) to celebrating residents’ 100th birthdays and hosting an Alternative Grand National for charity.
Along with his wife and Mayoress Carole Titherington, he has attended more than 200 official engagements, meeting thousands of volunteers, charity workers, businesspeople, and residents.
In December 2017, the Mayor attended a whopping 35 events – more than there are days in the month!
Councillor Mick Titherington said: “We’ve had a phenomenal year and the experience of a lifetime.
“We have met some remarkable people doing marvellous and inspirational things.
“Wherever we’ve been, we have been received with warmth and kindness. We have seen first-hand what makes South Ribble a wonderful place to live – there are so many people doing good work.
“The whole year has been one long highlight but the trip in the Popemobile on a glorious summer’s day at the 2017 Leyland Festival with our grandchildren was a magical moment.
“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported us throughout the year.”
During his year in office, the Mayor has raised several thousands of pounds for his chosen charities, St Catherine’s Hospice, Heartbeat (North West) and Lancaster University’s Defying Dementia campaign.
Councillor Titherington, who has been a South Ribble councillor for 13 years, said he is now looking forward to continuing to represent residents in his Broadfield ward.