Green Lord Mayor and Civic Party

First three weeks —- an insider’s view.


The first thing I’d like to say is to congratulate York Green Party on choosing Dave Taylor to be their first Lord Mayor. It may have seemed the obvious choice in order to avoid losing two of our four councillors to civic duties for a year while at the same time raising the Green profile, and Andy and Denise should be thanked for giving up their chance of this honour. But I think not many of us would have predicted quite how well Dave fulfils his role ‘to the manner born’, making speeches and conversation appropriate to the occasion and to Green and his own values, with Susie as a perfect supporter. May I add that Jonathan as his Sheriff adds a distinct extra dimension?

The four of us are moving seamlessly from Church services to rallies; from residential homes for the elderly to badge-awarding ceremonies for Cubs; from official openings of the theatre to opening of a ‘forest school’. As well as walking forward to greet people in our gold chains, and sometimes robes, Dave has been asked to say a few suitable words on most of these occasions.

During our first three weeks we have:

  • officiated at a Citizenship Ceremony;
  • had lunch with the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire along with other civic parties;
  • inspected a guard of honour of Roman soldiers;
  • attended an event to honour York’s Conscientious Objectors in WW1;
  • attended University student presentations;
  • listened to ‘Three Minutes to Midnight’ talks on climate change;
  • welcomed Princess Beatrice to York at the Minster;
  • attended the reopening of York Theatre Royal;
  • been to the National Railway Museum dinner for its sponsors and senior railway managers;
  • cut the ribbon to open new loos at the Lord Mayor’s Own Cub Scout company hut;
  • watched the Mystery Plays;
  • taken part at All Saints Church in the York Guilds’ service, and processed to Merchant Taylors’ Hall;
  • been welcomed at Ripon Cathedral for North Yorkshire’s Queen’s birthday celebration;
  • supported York Carers’ annual service in St.Michael le Belfrey;
  • visited York University, pedalling on a bicycle for 6 to ‘One Planet York’;
  • been shown round a large residential home for the elderly;
  • attended the send-off of the convoy hoping to reach the refugee camp at Calais;
  • been entertained at a concert by ‘Musical Connections’;
  • attended the centenary celebrations of York Cub Scouts;
  • ridden on the York Pride bus from the Minster to the Knavesmire;
  • cut the ribbon to open Fishergate School’s ‘forest school’.

I think I speak for all four of us in saying that we are amazed at the variety and interest of what goes on in York, and we are finding that the events are a wonderful opportunity to meet dedicated and interesting people, and sometimes to explain what Greenness is all about.

Brenda Tyler — Sheriff’s Lady

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