Formal guidance has been produced to help future Morpeth Mayors.
A document was put together for the town council following a suggestion by the current person in the civic role, Joan Tebbutt. She wrote it with fellow councillors Ken Brown and Stuart Lishman.
As well as chairing full council meetings and attending events and functions, the Mayor’s other responsibilities include promoting public involvement in the council’s activities, nominating a charity to raise money for during their time in office and safekeeping of the Chains of Office, which must be protected at all times.
When representing the authority at meetings with outside organisations or individuals, they must stay within the boundaries of what has been agreed within the council.
The specific guidance in the draft document includes the following when meeting members of the Royal family: “The Mayor may need to assert authority as the civic leader to ensure the correct protocol is observed by others, eg the Mayor must, in such a line, be ahead of the chair of Northumberland County Council in an event in Morpeth, even if the event is a county council one.”
Coun Mark Horton, speaking as a former Mayor, welcomed the report, although he and Coun David Parker asked for some minor changes to a few of the paragraphs.
The document will become final once the authors have made the agreed revisions.