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York pupils visit the Mansion House as part of Local Democracy Week
Knavesmire Primary School pupil Amy Drysdale, ten, with the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, in the Mansion House
YOUNGSTERS from York primary schools got to walk in the footsteps and in some cases, dress in the robes, of the city’s Lord Mayor as part of Local Democracy Week.
Pupils from Hempland, Knavesmire and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Schools toured the Mansion House and met the current Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, for an event which saw them learn about the history of the Lord Mayor’s official residence as well as dipping in to the dressing-up box to dress in mayoral costumes.
The youngsters were given an insight into how elections and local government work, where decisions are made and the Lord Mayor’s daily routine, while Local Democracy Week– a Europe-wide campaign designed to increase awareness of how councils operate – also offered them the chance to act as councillors and debate and vote on a mock budget with Coun Gunnell chairing the meeting.
Meanwhile the Civic Party welcomed two new members to their team for one day as part of the week.
Rebecca Andrews, winner of a poster-design competition for Local Democracy Week, with her friend, Phoebe Troughton, spent a day taking part in the Lord Mayor’s engagements and a tour of the historic Mansion House.
The Year 6 pupils from Dringhouses School help the Lord Mayor officially open the new Europcar franchise in Queen’s Street and visited the York Cocoa House to learn about the chocolate- making process.
Coun Gunnell said: “I was delighted to welcome Rebecca and her friend to the civic party as reward for her great design to promote Local Democracy Week. I hope she had a great time seeing first-hand what the role of the Lord Mayor entails.”
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