Tales from the life of a Mayoress

THE May meeting was the 62nd birthday celebration of the club and was held at the Rugby Club.

The President Mrs June Hudspith welcomed guests and members. Three friendship candles were lit by Mrs Joan Barr and Mrs Joan Wilkin, the two oldest members of the club.

Mrs Norma Fay, the Vice-President of District 3, brought greetings on behalf of the district. She commended members for their work supporting charities both home and abroad. Much hard work went into the provision of baby bundles, back packs, clothes for premature babies and functions to provide funds for charitable donations.

President June introduced the speaker Mrs Mary Kelly, who talked about her year as the last Mayoress of Wallsend, 1973-74. Her father was Mayor and this was the last year for Wallsend Borough before it became part of the new larger authority of North Tyneside.

Mrs Kelly recalled many highlights of this year, all the more exciting and daunting because she was only 25 years old.

These occasions included the Mayor making, Mayor’s Sunday held in St John’s Church, the Mayoral Ball and the At Homes, which took them to many places from Teesside to Berwick. She recalled her visit to Morpeth when Coun WA Mitchell was Mayor.

As a young person Mrs Kelly enjoyed her visits to schools, balls and birthday celebrations. It was her father who signed the final document ending Wallsend’s life as a borough. It was a very poignant moment.

A very appreciative vote of thanks was given by Mrs Vivien Scott.

Afternoon tea followed and this was enjoyed amid the renewal of friendships and much conviviality.

The vote of thanks on behalf of the guests was given by Hilarie Tucknott, who felt the whole afternoon had all the enjoyable constituents it demanded.

President June then ended the birthday celebrations with thanks and appreciation to all who came, wishing them a safe journey home.