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 Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Telegraph - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK kirsten.beacock@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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)

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