Outgoing Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt has described her year in office as “the best experience of my life”.
Coun Tebbutt has had a busy year of duties, including leading commemorations of the centenary of the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.
And before she stepped down as Mayor last week she began a new tradition for Morpeth Town Council by passing around ‘Emily’s Dish’, a glass bowl filled with chocolates that she had commissioned to bring out at formal meetings alongside the snuff-box.
She thanked council staff, members, new Mayor Nic Best, her escort Alison Byard and husband and fellow councillor Andrew for their support, and the community for inviting her to events and joining in with fund-raising activities.
Coun Tebbutt said: “The last 12 months have been fascinating, rewarding and hectic. An experience never to be forgotten.”
A cheque for £741 was handed over to Graeme Hall of the Army Benevolent Fund from a charity concert at King Edward VI School featuring the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
And a staggering £7,890 was presented to Henry Dancer Days, Coun Tebbutt’s chosen charity, with more still to add to the total.
The charity was set up by former Morpeth resident Jane Nattrass, in memory of her son Henry, to help children with cancer to have fun with their families and friends.
Coun Tebbutt said: “Many individuals and organisations in Morpeth helped with the fund-raising efforts. The list is too long for me to read out, but they know who they are and they know how grateful Jane and I are for their involvement.”