The borough of South Ribble was formed in 1974, incorporating Walton-le-Dale Urban District, Leyland Urban District Council and Preston Rural District Council.
The mayor is the first citizen of the borough and has precedence within the borough boundaries over all except Royalty and the Lord Lieutenant.
The mayor has this title by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 and the grant of the Royal Charter conferring borough status on the district. The deputy mayor has no equivalent status.
The mayor represents the council on civic occasions and visits. If the council is hosting an event the mayor would normally receive guests. In his/her absence the deputy mayor performs this function.
The mayor is the recognised face of the council and is expected to promote the borough when attending a wide range of functions and occasions.
The role of mayor is not political, and incumbents are advised not to enter into debates of a political nature while on duty.
The Mayor of South Ribble for 2018/19 is Councillor John Rainsbury.
Based on generally accepted custom, the mayoral chain is worn:
• Whenever the mayor is conducting a council meeting
• At civic events organised by the borough of South Ribble
• At functions within the borough where the mayor is the guest of an organisation
• Whenever royalty is present
• At functions outside the borough if this is agreed in advance with the mayor of the borough where the function is to be held.
The mayor does not wear the chain:
• At neighbourhood forums, working parties, informal meetings and briefings
• At any event not scheduled on the weekly engagement sheet.
You can download a form to request the Mayor of South Ribble's attendance at an event and see their forthcoming engagements on the attached documents.
Events and fund-raisers
Apart from formal civic engagements, the mayor holds regular events throughout the year to raise money for their nominated charities which anyone can buy tickets to attend. These can include concerts, banquets and days at the races, and booking is usually essential as they are always extremely popular.
Keep an eye on our events calendar via our website homepage for the latest mayoral events.
For more information or to book tickets for a mayoral event, you can contact the mayor's secretary on 01772 625542.
You can download a booking form for the Mayor here.
To view the Mayor's upcoming engagements, follow the links for each document below