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3 November 2017

At Topcliffe Barracks for the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Presentation Ceremony on Friday 3 November 2017.

14 November 2017

Hosting the Community Foundation Celebration Event in the Mayor's Parlour onTuesday 14 November 2017 for projects in Ryhope and Hendon who received funding from the Community Foundations Fourteen Programme.

17 November 2017

Here I am at my Charity Winter Ball which was held on Friday 17 November 2017 at the Roker Hotel, Seaburn. A wonderful night which raised over £3,500.00 towards my Charity Appeal Fund 2017-2018.

21 November 2017

British Empire Medal Ceremony held in the Mayor's Parlour on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in honour of Mrs Maureen Wallwork who has dedicated her life to working with local charities and organisations.

23 November 2017

Here I am switching on the Sunderland Christmas Illuminations in Keel Square alongside Pixie Lott on Thursday 23 November 2017.


4 October 2017

Here I am marking the beginning of the Houghton Feast Festival 2017 by crowning the King and Queen of Eventide at Houghton Miners Welfare Hall on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

6 October 2017

Here I am opening the Houghton Feast Fairground to a group of Special Educational Needs children on Friday 6 October 2017. Each year the Showman's Guild kindly open the rides for free to these young children before the fair officially opens later in the evening.

8 October 2017

Here I am leading the Civic Procession in to the Houghton Feast Civic Church Service at St Michael and All Angels Church on Sunday 8 October 2017.

9 October 2017

Officially opening the newly refurbished Busy Bees Nursery on Monday 9 October 2017. A wonderful facility for the workers of Doxford International Business Park and local families to send their children to.

18 October 2017

On Wednesday 18 October 2017 a special service took place in Castletown Cemetery for 94yr old resident, Mary Reid who since 1945, has looked after the war graves of German Soldiers who lost their lives during WWII.

Gold Cross of Honour

Mary is pictured here in the Mayor's Parlour being presented with the Gold Cross of Honour of the German War Graves Commission by Military Attaché of the German Embassy in London, Colonel J Rütten.


1 September 2017

Flying the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day on Friday 1 September 2017.

7 September 2017

On Thursday 7 September 2017, the employees of Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd were awarded Freedom of the City of Sunderland in an Extraordinary Meeting of the council for their services to the Automotive Industry in Sunderland.

17 September 2017

Battle of Britain Commemoration Service at the War Memorial on Burdon Road in Sunderland on Sunday 17 September 2017.

19 September 2017

Really enjoyed the year 6 school children from St John Boste Primary School visiting me in the Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour on Tuesday 19 September 2017.

27 September 2017

Raising the City of Culture Bid 2021, flag at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Good luck Sunderland!


10 August 2017

Officially opening the new Costa Coffee store in the City Centre on Thursday 10 August 2017.

21 August 2017

Here I am having a tour of the Sunderland Maritime Heritage Musuem on Monday 21 August 2017.

25 August 2017

I was thrilled to officially open the Cleadon Ward of Monkwearmouth Hospital on Friday 25 August 2017, a wonderful new unit to treat dementia patients in Sunderland.

26 August 2017

Here I am at the Sunderland Voluntary Life Brigade's opening exhibition of the SS Ottercaps on Saturday 26 August 2017.

30 August 2017

Visiting AMAP in Sunderland to meet some work placement students from one of our twin cities of Saint-Nazire in France on Wednesday 30 August 2017.


1 July 2017

Annual West Area Committee SEE Event in Barnes Park on Saturday 1 July 2017 which was themed around science, environment and engineering.

4 July 2017

Annual American Independence Day celebrations at Washington Old Hall on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

7 July 2017

Here I am in the Mayor's Parlour on Friday 7 July 2017 being presented with a signed framed photo of HMS Ocean from its Captain, Commanding Officer Robert G Pedre as a sign of our affiliation with the ship.

8 July 2017

I feel so proud to be have been part of HMS Ocean's final Freedom of the City Parade in Sunderland on Saturday 8 July 2017. This is the after reception and capability demonstration on board the ship.

9 July 2017

What a great turn out I had for my Civic Sunday Church Service at St Cuthbert's Church in Redhouse on Sunday 9 July 2017.

11 July 2017

I was honoured to host Sunderland's first flag raising ceremony in remembrance of Srebrenica on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

21 July 2017

Another fantastic turnout at the Annual Air Show Weekend for Sunderland which took place between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd July 2017.


2 June 2017

Meeting with staff at the Phoenix Unit of Sunderland Royal Hospital on Friday 2 June 2017. The Phoenix Unit are one of my chosen charties for 2017-2018.

11 June 2017

The official opening of the Active Sunderland BIG BIKE RIDE on Sunday 11 June 2017, what a fantatsic turnout we had.

14 June 2017

Here I am at the Year 11 students Leavers Assembly held at Red House Academy on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Hylton Castle Time Capsule

Here I am at the burial of a time capsule at Hylton Castle prior to transformation work taking place, The Hylton Castle Project is a project very close to me heart.

20 June 2017

What a great turn out at my first fundraising event at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday 20 June, the SAFC Summer Tour & Cream Tea raised over £600 for my charities.

21 June 2017

Raising the Flag in support of Armed Forces Day on Wednesday 21 June 2017 alongside Mr Frank Major, Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear.

22 June 2017

On Thursday 22 June 2017 I unveiled a Blue Plaque for John Murray alongside Jack Curtis. This was combined with a 300th Anniversary Celebration of the River Wear Commissioners.


17 May 2017

Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony on Wednesday 17 May 2017 being inagurated in to office as The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland 2017-2018.

18 May 2017

My first official engagement as Mayor was on Thursday 18 May 2017, opening the Job Show North East at the Stadium of Light.

20 May 2017

A great turn out for our Civic 'At Home' Event held in the Pottery Gallery at the Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday 20 May 2017. It was a very special afternoon.

21 May 2017

This was taken at a Memorial Service to remember the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands War on Sunday 21 May 2017.

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