Councillor Ian Gillies installed at Guildhall Mayor Making ceremony

The new Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Ian Gillies, in the procession from the Guildhall after the ceremony.

The retiring Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Julie Gunnell, places the chain of office on the new Lord Mayor, Cllr Ian Gillies, during the ceremony at the Guildhall.

The new Lord Mayor of York, Cll Ian Gillies (left) and the Sheriff, John Kenny, reach the Assembly Rooms at the end of the procession.

The new Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Ian Gillies, takes his seat in the Guildhall during the ceremony.

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THE new Lord Mayor of York has been installed in the traditional Guildhall ceremony, which saw the council bid farewell to outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr Julie Gunnell and Sheriff Cllr Brian Watson.

The Mayor Making and Annual Meeting of City of York Council took place yesterday at the Guildhall, followed by a civic procession through the streets to the Assembly Rooms on Blake Street.

New Lord Mayor Cllr Ian Gillies was took the oath of office alongside new Sheriff John Kenny, and Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Julie Gunnell.

Cllr Gunnell was thanked by the council for her year of service as Lord Mayor.

Proposing a vote of thanks, Cllr Sonja Crisp spoke warmly of Cllr Gunnell's ambitions in her year of office, and her friendly and unique way of carrying out her duties.

She said: "I remember one occasion when a group of young Kenyan dancers came to the Mansion House. The Lord Mayor generously allowed the girls to try on her robes and chain - it was typical of Julie to do that and no doubt those young girls will remember that part of their trip."

Cllr Crisp also praised the outgoing Mayor's work getting White Ribbon status for York as a city campaigning against domestic violence. In a break from tradition she used her vote of thanks to issue a plea for volunteers to help run the Reclaim the Night march - started this year - as an annual event.

Incoming Lord Mayor Ian Gillies, who was Conservative group leader on the council from 2007 until earlier this year, was likened to a stick of rock by his proposer, Cllr George Barton, who said: "He is colourful and appealing, and Pat [his wife] would say he is a little bit fruity. But break him in half and you will see York printed right through the centre."

"To describe him as the archetypal Mr York would be an understatement."

Accepting his position, Cllr Gillies thanked the council and said: "I stand before you as the Lord Mayor and first citizen of the finest city, in the finest county in the finest country in the world, and it makes me very proud."

Cllr Gilles' wife Patricia was installed as Lady Mayoress, while his friend John Kenny, who ran the Cross of York fish stall in Newgate Market, became Sheriff with his wife Jill Kenny as Sheriff's Lady.

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12:45pm Wed 21 May 14

Fat Harry says...

"To describe him as the archetypal Mr York would be an understatement."

Some might consider it more disingenuous than understatement, given the new Lord Mayor's unremitting hostility to the proposed community stadium.

Doubt if that'll stop him being there for the grand opening, if there's a gala dinner on offer.
"To describe him as the archetypal Mr York would be an understatement." Some might consider it more disingenuous than understatement, given the new Lord Mayor's unremitting hostility to the proposed community stadium. Doubt if that'll stop him being there for the grand opening, if there's a gala dinner on offer. Fat Harry
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1:53pm Wed 21 May 14

HoofHearteds says...

“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
― George Orwell
“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.” ― George Orwell HoofHearteds
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Wed 21 May 14

nomadic85 says...

Fat Harry wrote:
"To describe him as the archetypal Mr York would be an understatement." Some might consider it more disingenuous than understatement, given the new Lord Mayor's unremitting hostility to the proposed community stadium. Doubt if that'll stop him being there for the grand opening, if there's a gala dinner on offer.
I don't know the man, never met him, but I know he's not opposed to the community stadium. Rather, he doesn't believe that what is being proposed is right for the city, the sports clubs that are to be based their and the community it is going to serve.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: "To describe him as the archetypal Mr York would be an understatement." Some might consider it more disingenuous than understatement, given the new Lord Mayor's unremitting hostility to the proposed community stadium. Doubt if that'll stop him being there for the grand opening, if there's a gala dinner on offer.[/p][/quote]I don't know the man, never met him, but I know he's not opposed to the community stadium. Rather, he doesn't believe that what is being proposed is right for the city, the sports clubs that are to be based their and the community it is going to serve. nomadic85
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9:15pm Wed 21 May 14

pedalling paul says...

They seem to be having a beanfeast at the Assembly Rooms, rather than tea and sarnies at the Guildhall......
They seem to be having a beanfeast at the Assembly Rooms, rather than tea and sarnies at the Guildhall...... pedalling paul
  • Score: 44

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