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Wirral’s new mayor takes the chains of office

Wirral's new mayor was formally elected and took up the chains of office at a ceremony at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton yesterday evening (Wednesday 19 May 2021).

Claughton Councillor George Davies replaces Cllr Tony Smith as first citizen of the borough.

Cllr Tony Smith had served for two years – the first double-term in the borough’s history - after local elections were cancelled in 2020 due to the Pandemic. The venue for last night’s proceedings was also switched from Wallasey town hall to the Floral Pavilion to allow for greater social distancing.

Despite the lockdown restrictions that were in place through most of their time in office, Cllr Smith and the Mayoress, his wife Barbara, managed to raise £17,000 for their chosen charities, Dementia Together Wirral, which works to help those living with dementia and their carers through social support and friendship, and the Open Door Centre, which supports young adults with common mental health issues from its base in Birkenhead.

The new mayor, Cllr George Davies, announced that his charities for the year ahead will be the RNLI and Tiny Stars neonatal appeal, which supports some of the most poorly babies at Arrowe Park hospital.

Cllr Davies has lived in Claughton for more than 50 years and has served as one of its ward Councillors since 1988. He has held various roles and responsibilities including as a member of the Housing Committee for 25 years and as Deputy Leader of the Council for seven years.

The mayoress will be his wife, Mrs Cath Davies.

Conservative Councillor for West Kirby and Thurstaston and former Council Leader, Cllr Jeff Green, was also elected as the borough's deputy mayor at yesterday’s Annual Council meeting.