Mayor serves up a nice cuppa
HUNDREDS of Peterborough citizens dropped into the town hall to enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit or two with the city’s mayor.
The civic tea party attracted more than 250 people who took up the coveted invite to visit the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough, Councillor Keith Sharp and Doris Marchant in the mayor’s parlour.
Surrounded by memorabilia of decades of city politics and even the trappings of power, such as the mayoral mace and chain of office, the partygoers enjoyed several hours whiling away the time chatting to the civic dignitaries.
As mayor, Cllr Sharp is used to being waited on at civic events, however, as host the tables were turned and he wielded a teapot like a pro without spilling a drop down his mayoral chains.
The mayor even had time to don a pinny and help out with the washing up at the popular annual event, which was held on Thursday between 2pm and 4pm.
Councillor Sharp said: “I have said from the beginning that I want to meet as many people as possible in my year as Mayor and I was delighted that so many people took the opportunity to join in the event and come along and enjoy afternoon tea.
“I enjoyed helping out, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and this event is what being mayor is all about – meeting the general public and speaking to residents of the city.
“We wear these chains but we are human beings and it is great for people to come and see us as such.”
The sheer numbers of people taking part means Cllr Sharp is looking to host another fun event, a move backed by his deputy.
Deputy mayor Bella Saltmarsh said the mayor had proved a dab hand with a teapot. She said: “It was a really fun afternoon and we even got people coming in from the streets to have a cuppa.
“My husband’s aunty, Margery Carrol, was probably the oldest there as she will be 90 in a few weeks, and with the teenagers it made a really nice mix.
“If Keith wanted to do it again, I would definitely support him as it was a great success.”
The mayoral party were joined by pupils from The Voyager School, who helped hand out the refreshments and at the end of their stint at 4pm it was their turn to take a well deserved break and be served by Cllr Sharp and Cllr Saltmarsh.
SHALL I BE MOTHER?: Peterborough Mayor Cllr Keith Sharp serves tea to visitors to his afternoon tea event, outside the mayor’s parlour at the town hall. (METP-17-06-10DL073)