A photo blog of events the Mayor has attended and supported during the year in their post.

November 2018

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3 November 2018 - I attended the North East Field of Remembrance Service to pay tribute to brave service men and women who served in the Armed Forces in World War I. This is the only remembrance field in the north east.
6 November 2018 - I awarded Mrs Sanderson £100 shopping vouchers as part of the Reclaim Your Lanes project. Hundreds of householders have been visited as part of the project which encourages neighbourliness.
6 November 2018 - I attended Southmoor Academy's annual Remembrance Assembly. The young people paid their own unique tribute to those who gave their lives in WWI and I had the honour of reading the "Ode of Remembrance" and lay a wreath to the fallen.
7 November 2018 - I visited St Joseph’s RC Primary School to pick the winner of my Christmas Card Competition. The winner was five-year-old Lilia Dobbing, who drew a colourful snowman as part of her Christmas card design.
8 November 2018 - I officially opened the Job Show North East alongside the Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller.

October 2018

3 October 2018 - I attended the Bring It On industry led event which was developed to raise the profile of North East engineering, to change perceptions, raise aspirations and inspire young people to want to be part of it.

3 October 2018 - I attended the Bring It On industry led event which was developed to raise the profile of North East engineering, to change perceptions, raise aspirations and inspire young people to want to be part of it.

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4 October 2018 - I held a special reception to show my support for the city’s annual Poppy Appeal. I welcomed regional officers from the Royal British Legion alongside regional television broadcaster Jeff Brown.

4 October 2018 - I held a special reception to show my support for the city’s annual Poppy Appeal. I welcomed regional officers from the Royal British Legion alongside regional television broadcaster Jeff Brown.

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5 October 2018 - I attended the opening ceremony of the Festival of Houghton Feast and the Switch On. The turnout was fantastic and we really enjoyed all the events held as part of the Feast.

5 October 2018 - I attended the opening ceremony of the Festival of Houghton Feast and the Switch On. The turnout was fantastic and we really enjoyed all the events held as part of the Feast.

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10 October 2018 - I attended Monkwearmouth Academy's Annual Awards Ceremony at the Stadium of Light. Students received an award for their achievement during the last academic year as well as delivering a performance.

10 October 2018 - I attended Monkwearmouth Academy's Annual Awards Ceremony at the Stadium of Light. Students received an award for their achievement during the last academic year as well as delivering a performance.

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11 October 2018 - A week-long exchange programme between THG Essen and Sunderland College saw a group of students visit the Stadium of Light for a tour. I met the students to find out about their experiences as part of our Twin City status with Essen.

11 October 2018 - A week-long exchange programme between THG Essen and Sunderland College saw a group of students visit the Stadium of Light for a tour. I met the students to find out about their experiences as part of our Twin City status with Essen.

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13 October 2018 - I celebrated the Sunderland Symphony Orchestra’s 18th Birthday.

13 October 2018 - I celebrated the Sunderland Symphony Orchestra’s 18th Birthday.

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14 October 2018 - We attended the Daft as a Brush School Proms. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transports outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.

14 October 2018 - We attended the Daft as a Brush School Proms. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transports outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.

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17 October 2018 - I attended a preview of the Festival of Light at Roker, Sunderland.

17 October 2018 - I attended a preview of the Festival of Light at Roker, Sunderland.

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25 October 2018 - SBMEN held an event to celebrate Black History Month. There were several displays, stalls and performances.

25 October 2018 - SBMEN held an event to celebrate Black History Month. There were several displays, stalls and performances.

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26 October 2018 - I visited The ‘Walk of Poppies’ from Barnes Park to St Luke’s Terrace in Pallion. I was joined by children from the activities club and older members of the community including 102 year old Sunderland WWI Veteran Mr Ernie Jones.

26 October 2018 - I visited The ‘Walk of Poppies’ from Barnes Park to St Luke’s Terrace in Pallion. I was joined by children from the activities club and older members of the community including 102 year old Sunderland WWI Veteran Mr Ernie Jones.

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27 October 2018 - Chance is a community centre in the East End of the city and we celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 27 October.

27 October 2018 - Chance is a community centre in the East End of the city and we celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 27 October.

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3 October 2018 - I attended the Bring It On industry led event which was developed to raise the profile of North East engineering, to change perceptions, raise aspirations and inspire young people to want to be part of it.
4 October 2018 - I held a special reception to show my support for the city’s annual Poppy Appeal. I welcomed regional officers from the Royal British Legion alongside regional television broadcaster Jeff Brown.
5 October 2018 - I attended the opening ceremony of the Festival of Houghton Feast and the Switch On. The turnout was fantastic and we really enjoyed all the events held as part of the Feast.
10 October 2018 - I attended Monkwearmouth Academy's Annual Awards Ceremony at the Stadium of Light. Students received an award for their achievement during the last academic year as well as delivering a performance.
11 October 2018 - A week-long exchange programme between THG Essen and Sunderland College saw a group of students visit the Stadium of Light for a tour. I met the students to find out about their experiences as part of our Twin City status with Essen.
13 October 2018 - I celebrated the Sunderland Symphony Orchestra’s 18th Birthday.
14 October 2018 - We attended the Daft as a Brush School Proms. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transports outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.
17 October 2018 - I attended a preview of the Festival of Light at Roker, Sunderland.
25 October 2018 - SBMEN held an event to celebrate Black History Month. There were several displays, stalls and performances.
26 October 2018 - I visited The ‘Walk of Poppies’ from Barnes Park to St Luke’s Terrace in Pallion. I was joined by children from the activities club and older members of the community including 102 year old Sunderland WWI Veteran Mr Ernie Jones.
27 October 2018 - Chance is a community centre in the East End of the city and we celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 27 October.

September 2018

3 September 2018 - Fly the Red Ensign Flag for Merchant Navy Day honours the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers, responsible for 95% of UK imports.

3 September 2018 - Fly the Red Ensign Flag for Merchant Navy Day honours the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers, responsible for 95% of UK imports.

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15 September 2018 - I attended Washington Carnival alongside my Deputy Mayor Cllr David Snowdon.

15 September 2018 - I attended Washington Carnival alongside my Deputy Mayor Cllr David Snowdon.

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16 September 2018 - I attended the Wonderlooper event where artist Di Mainstone worked with a team of designers, musicians and creative technologists and Sunderland residents to create a unique artistic event, inspired by the cables of Northern Spire.

16 September 2018 - I attended the Wonderlooper event where artist Di Mainstone worked with a team of designers, musicians and creative technologists and Sunderland residents to create a unique artistic event, inspired by the cables of Northern Spire.

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22 September 2018 - The Sunderland Branch of the Submariners Association and the family of the late Anthony Huntrod invited me to attend the dedication of a memorial bench for Anthony, who tragically lost his life whilst in service on the 21 March 2007

22 September 2018 - The Sunderland Branch of the Submariners Association and the family of the late Anthony Huntrod invited me to attend the dedication of a memorial bench for Anthony, who tragically lost his life whilst in service on the 21 March 2007

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22 September pm 2018 - I attended the annual Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service open day event where members of the community got the chance to see what our firefighters do on a daily basis, and also receive vital fire safety advice and education

22 September pm 2018 - I attended the annual Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service open day event where members of the community got the chance to see what our firefighters do on a daily basis, and also receive vital fire safety advice and education

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23 September 2018 - I attended the Sunderland Pride Emergency Services Blue Light Breakfast and took part in the Sunderland Pride Parade

23 September 2018 - I attended the Sunderland Pride Emergency Services Blue Light Breakfast and took part in the Sunderland Pride Parade

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25 September 2018 - There was a civic welcome for an official delegation from Sunderland's new affiliated warship - HMS Anson. The formal affiliation was announced at this year's Armed Forces Day commemoration, by Cllr Michael Mordey

25 September 2018 - There was a civic welcome for an official delegation from Sunderland's new affiliated warship - HMS Anson. The formal affiliation was announced at this year's Armed Forces Day commemoration, by Cllr Michael Mordey

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18 September 2018 - I opened the new offices of one of my chosen charities, Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind. Since 2015 the Society has been providing support and services throughout County Durham as well as Sunderland.

18 September 2018 - I opened the new offices of one of my chosen charities, Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind. Since 2015 the Society has been providing support and services throughout County Durham as well as Sunderland.

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3 September 2018 - Fly the Red Ensign Flag for Merchant Navy Day honours the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers, responsible for 95% of UK imports.
15 September 2018 - I attended Washington Carnival alongside my Deputy Mayor Cllr David Snowdon.
16 September 2018 - I attended the Wonderlooper event where artist Di Mainstone worked with a team of designers, musicians and creative technologists and Sunderland residents to create a unique artistic event, inspired by the cables of Northern Spire.
22 September 2018 - The Sunderland Branch of the Submariners Association and the family of the late Anthony Huntrod invited me to attend the dedication of a memorial bench for Anthony, who tragically lost his life whilst in service on the 21 March 2007
22 September pm 2018 - I attended the annual Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service open day event where members of the community got the chance to see what our firefighters do on a daily basis, and also receive vital fire safety advice and education
23 September 2018 - I attended the Sunderland Pride Emergency Services Blue Light Breakfast and took part in the Sunderland Pride Parade
25 September 2018 - There was a civic welcome for an official delegation from Sunderland's new affiliated warship - HMS Anson. The formal affiliation was announced at this year's Armed Forces Day commemoration, by Cllr Michael Mordey
18 September 2018 - I opened the new offices of one of my chosen charities, Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind. Since 2015 the Society has been providing support and services throughout County Durham as well as Sunderland.

August 2018

3 August 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Charity Golf Day alongside the Consort ‘At Home’ event. It was a very wet day but the attendees were brilliant and powered through raising £3000 for my charities.

3 August 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Charity Golf Day alongside the Consort ‘At Home’ event. It was a very wet day but the attendees were brilliant and powered through raising £3000 for my charities.

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8 August 2018 - I attended an event to launch dyslexia friendly Sunderland City Council and Libraries services.

8 August 2018 - I attended an event to launch dyslexia friendly Sunderland City Council and Libraries services.

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21 August 2018 - I presented the local Slimming World Achievement certificates. One of the ladies is a Charities Officer at Barclays Bank who has agreed to sponsor my Christmas Charity Event by match funding. This is amazing – thank you Barclays Bank

21 August 2018 - I presented the local Slimming World Achievement certificates. One of the ladies is a Charities Officer at Barclays Bank who has agreed to sponsor my Christmas Charity Event by match funding. This is amazing – thank you Barclays Bank

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22 August 2018 - I attended a tour of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) and met with Saint-Nazaire students and hosts.

22 August 2018 - I attended a tour of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) and met with Saint-Nazaire students and hosts.

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22 August 2018 - Harry Loraine and Mark Stoddart from Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project visited the Mayor’s Parlour. They were among 30 young people at a week-long International Youth Meeting 2018 in the German city of Essen.

22 August 2018 - Harry Loraine and Mark Stoddart from Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project visited the Mayor’s Parlour. They were among 30 young people at a week-long International Youth Meeting 2018 in the German city of Essen.

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28 August 2018 - I visited Maxim Brewery at Houghton le Spring and took a tour of their fantastic facilities.

28 August 2018 - I visited Maxim Brewery at Houghton le Spring and took a tour of their fantastic facilities.

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29 August 2018 - I had the amazing opportunity to open Sunderland’s impressive Northern Spire bridge to traffic.

29 August 2018 - I had the amazing opportunity to open Sunderland’s impressive Northern Spire bridge to traffic.

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3 August 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Charity Golf Day alongside the Consort ‘At Home’ event. It was a very wet day but the attendees were brilliant and powered through raising £3000 for my charities.
8 August 2018 - I attended an event to launch dyslexia friendly Sunderland City Council and Libraries services.
21 August 2018 - I presented the local Slimming World Achievement certificates. One of the ladies is a Charities Officer at Barclays Bank who has agreed to sponsor my Christmas Charity Event by match funding. This is amazing – thank you Barclays Bank
22 August 2018 - I attended a tour of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) and met with Saint-Nazaire students and hosts.
22 August 2018 - Harry Loraine and Mark Stoddart from Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project visited the Mayor’s Parlour. They were among 30 young people at a week-long International Youth Meeting 2018 in the German city of Essen.
28 August 2018 - I visited Maxim Brewery at Houghton le Spring and took a tour of their fantastic facilities.
29 August 2018 - I had the amazing opportunity to open Sunderland’s impressive Northern Spire bridge to traffic.

July 2018

4 July 2018 - My Consort and I attended the Annual 4th July celebrations held at Washington Old Hall.

4 July 2018 - My Consort and I attended the Annual 4th July celebrations held at Washington Old Hall.

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6 July 2018 - I attended Sunderland Recovery College’s Celebration Event where I presented learners who have successfully completed their course with a certificate.

6 July 2018 - I attended Sunderland Recovery College’s Celebration Event where I presented learners who have successfully completed their course with a certificate.

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7 July 2018 - As Honorary Patron of Sunderland Symphony Orchestra I attended their Summer Concert ‘Music from the Sea’. The programme included ‘Roker Pier,’ a contemporary piece composed by the talented Lawrence Chiu.

7 July 2018 - As Honorary Patron of Sunderland Symphony Orchestra I attended their Summer Concert ‘Music from the Sea’. The programme included ‘Roker Pier,’ a contemporary piece composed by the talented Lawrence Chiu.

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8 July 2018 - Here I am at Hetton Methodist Church for the Annual Civic Miner's Service.

8 July 2018 - Here I am at Hetton Methodist Church for the Annual Civic Miner's Service.

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11 July 2018 - I was honoured to meet Princess Anne as she visited Sunderland to meet sail trainees at the Official Launch of the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

11 July 2018 - I was honoured to meet Princess Anne as she visited Sunderland to meet sail trainees at the Official Launch of the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

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12 July 2018 – I also attended the Tall Ship’s City Deck Party aboard the Santa Maria Manuela.

12 July 2018 – I also attended the Tall Ship’s City Deck Party aboard the Santa Maria Manuela.

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13 July 2018 - I hosted a charity Deck Party aboard the Tall Ship Sørlandet.

13 July 2018 - I hosted a charity Deck Party aboard the Tall Ship Sørlandet.

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19 July 2018 - I officially opened the new Gleeson show homes at the Forge Court development on Neville Road in Pallion.

19 July 2018 - I officially opened the new Gleeson show homes at the Forge Court development on Neville Road in Pallion.

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20 July 2018 - I visited Dame Dorothy Primary School to give certificates at their annual attendance assembly which celebrated the children’s attendance throughout the term and year.

20 July 2018 - I visited Dame Dorothy Primary School to give certificates at their annual attendance assembly which celebrated the children’s attendance throughout the term and year.

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22 July 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Civic Sunday Service at St John’s Methodist Church, Ashbrooke.

22 July 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Civic Sunday Service at St John’s Methodist Church, Ashbrooke.

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31 July 2018 - I met with members of the Seaburn Rotary Club where they kindly donated money to my Mayoral Charites.

31 July 2018 - I met with members of the Seaburn Rotary Club where they kindly donated money to my Mayoral Charites.

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4 July 2018 - My Consort and I attended the Annual 4th July celebrations held at Washington Old Hall.
6 July 2018 - I attended Sunderland Recovery College’s Celebration Event where I presented learners who have successfully completed their course with a certificate.
7 July 2018 - As Honorary Patron of Sunderland Symphony Orchestra I attended their Summer Concert ‘Music from the Sea’. The programme included ‘Roker Pier,’ a contemporary piece composed by the talented Lawrence Chiu.
8 July 2018 - Here I am at Hetton Methodist Church for the Annual Civic Miner's Service.
11 July 2018 - I was honoured to meet Princess Anne as she visited Sunderland to meet sail trainees at the Official Launch of the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
12 July 2018 – I also attended the Tall Ship’s City Deck Party aboard the Santa Maria Manuela.
13 July 2018 - I hosted a charity Deck Party aboard the Tall Ship Sørlandet.
19 July 2018 - I officially opened the new Gleeson show homes at the Forge Court development on Neville Road in Pallion.
20 July 2018 - I visited Dame Dorothy Primary School to give certificates at their annual attendance assembly which celebrated the children’s attendance throughout the term and year.
22 July 2018 - I held my Mayor’s Civic Sunday Service at St John’s Methodist Church, Ashbrooke.
31 July 2018 - I met with members of the Seaburn Rotary Club where they kindly donated money to my Mayoral Charites.

June 2018

14 June 2018 - I attended Age UK Sunderland’s Volunteer Celebration Event where I had the pleasure of presenting the volunteers with their long service certificates.

14 June 2018 - I attended Age UK Sunderland’s Volunteer Celebration Event where I had the pleasure of presenting the volunteers with their long service certificates.

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Here I am unveiling the Continents Fresco designed by children of Michelet School on a recent visit to St Nazaire, France  where I attended a ceremony to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the City Twinning with Sunderland.

Here I am unveiling the Continents Fresco designed by children of Michelet School on a recent visit to St Nazaire, France where I attended a ceremony to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the City Twinning with Sunderland.

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Also as part of my visit to St Nazaire I attended the RMS Lancastria 78th anniversary commemoration where I laid a wreath on behalf of Sunderland.

Also as part of my visit to St Nazaire I attended the RMS Lancastria 78th anniversary commemoration where I laid a wreath on behalf of Sunderland.

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I also took part in a Commemorative Tree Planting ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Sunderland and St Nazaire twinning.

I also took part in a Commemorative Tree Planting ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Sunderland and St Nazaire twinning.

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20 June 2018 - Children from local schools held an exhibition of their work at Hope Street Xchange after reading ‘Heartstone Odyssey’ which deals with racism and helps young people to challenge intolerance.

20 June 2018 - Children from local schools held an exhibition of their work at Hope Street Xchange after reading ‘Heartstone Odyssey’ which deals with racism and helps young people to challenge intolerance.

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21 June 2018 - I hosted a reception for Sail Trainees along with their sponsors at Sunderland Civic Centre ahead of the Tall Ships Races event in July 2018.

21 June 2018 - I hosted a reception for Sail Trainees along with their sponsors at Sunderland Civic Centre ahead of the Tall Ships Races event in July 2018.

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25 June 2018 - I was invited along to the 24th Sunderland (St Joseph's) Brownies as they took part in the UK Parliament Equalities Night, celebrating 90 years of voting equality.

25 June 2018 - I was invited along to the 24th Sunderland (St Joseph's) Brownies as they took part in the UK Parliament Equalities Night, celebrating 90 years of voting equality.

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28 June 2018 - Here I am with the Deputy Mayor at the Barnes Park annual family event. This year the theme was ‘Ships Ahoy’ in celebration of Sunderland hosting the Tall Ships Races in July 2018.

28 June 2018 - Here I am with the Deputy Mayor at the Barnes Park annual family event. This year the theme was ‘Ships Ahoy’ in celebration of Sunderland hosting the Tall Ships Races in July 2018.

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29 June 2018 - I hosted the annual Armed Forces Day Flag Raising event in Sunderland which is a national event to help raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

29 June 2018 - I hosted the annual Armed Forces Day Flag Raising event in Sunderland which is a national event to help raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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14 June 2018 - I attended Age UK Sunderland’s Volunteer Celebration Event where I had the pleasure of presenting the volunteers with their long service certificates.
Here I am unveiling the Continents Fresco designed by children of Michelet School on a recent visit to St Nazaire, France  where I attended a ceremony to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the City Twinning with Sunderland.
Also as part of my visit to St Nazaire I attended the RMS Lancastria 78th anniversary commemoration where I laid a wreath on behalf of Sunderland.
I also took part in a Commemorative Tree Planting ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Sunderland and St Nazaire twinning.
20 June 2018 - Children from local schools held an exhibition of their work at Hope Street Xchange after reading ‘Heartstone Odyssey’ which deals with racism and helps young people to challenge intolerance.
21 June 2018 - I hosted a reception for Sail Trainees along with their sponsors at Sunderland Civic Centre ahead of the Tall Ships Races event in July 2018.
25 June 2018 - I was invited along to the 24th Sunderland (St Joseph's) Brownies as they took part in the UK Parliament Equalities Night, celebrating 90 years of voting equality.
28 June 2018 - Here I am with the Deputy Mayor at the Barnes Park annual family event. This year the theme was ‘Ships Ahoy’ in celebration of Sunderland hosting the Tall Ships Races in July 2018.
29 June 2018 - I hosted the annual Armed Forces Day Flag Raising event in Sunderland which is a national event to help raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

May 2018

16 May 2018 - I was inaugurated into the Office of the Mayor for the City of Sunderland at the Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.

16 May 2018 - I was inaugurated into the Office of the Mayor for the City of Sunderland at the Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.

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17 May 2018 - I raised the Rainbow Flag to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and gave a short speech at a reception following the flag-raising.

17 May 2018 - I raised the Rainbow Flag to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and gave a short speech at a reception following the flag-raising.

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23 May 2018 - I visited St Benet’s RC Primary School to hear volunteers tell children how to stay safe from abuse as part of the Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies run by one of my charities, the NSPCC.

23 May 2018 - I visited St Benet’s RC Primary School to hear volunteers tell children how to stay safe from abuse as part of the Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies run by one of my charities, the NSPCC.

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30 May 2018 - Here I am at Gateshead College for the Northumbria Coalition Against Crime’s AGM, followed by the Young People and Volunteers Awards Night.

30 May 2018 - Here I am at Gateshead College for the Northumbria Coalition Against Crime’s AGM, followed by the Young People and Volunteers Awards Night.

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16 May 2018 - I was inaugurated into the Office of the Mayor for the City of Sunderland at the Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.
17 May 2018 - I raised the Rainbow Flag to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and gave a short speech at a reception following the flag-raising.
23 May 2018 - I visited St Benet’s RC Primary School to hear volunteers tell children how to stay safe from abuse as part of the Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies run by one of my charities, the NSPCC.
30 May 2018 - Here I am at Gateshead College for the Northumbria Coalition Against Crime’s AGM, followed by the Young People and Volunteers Awards Night.

April 2018

5 April 2018 - I officially welcomed students from Sunderland’s oldest twin town, Essen in Germany, to the city. The students were completing placements at Liebherr, Consult & Design and Software City through the Alfried Krupp Foundation.

5 April 2018 - I officially welcomed students from Sunderland’s oldest twin town, Essen in Germany, to the city. The students were completing placements at Liebherr, Consult & Design and Software City through the Alfried Krupp Foundation.

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9 April 2018 - Mrs Violet Atkinson was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE during a ceremony in the Mayor's Parlour at Sunderland Civic Centre.

9 April 2018 - Mrs Violet Atkinson was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE during a ceremony in the Mayor's Parlour at Sunderland Civic Centre.

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11 April 2018 - As part of the Citizens Advice’s 1st Anniversary Celebrations my Consort and I visited the centre in Waterloo Place.

11 April 2018 - As part of the Citizens Advice’s 1st Anniversary Celebrations my Consort and I visited the centre in Waterloo Place.

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12 April 2018 - I attended the Installation of the High Sheriff of Tyne Wear. The new High Sheriff is Mr Paul Callaghan.

12 April 2018 - I attended the Installation of the High Sheriff of Tyne Wear. The new High Sheriff is Mr Paul Callaghan.

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26 April 2018 - I hosted the St Johns Ambulance Cadet Awards Ceremony which was a fantastic night.

26 April 2018 - I hosted the St Johns Ambulance Cadet Awards Ceremony which was a fantastic night.

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5 April 2018 - I officially welcomed students from Sunderland’s oldest twin town, Essen in Germany, to the city. The students were completing placements at Liebherr, Consult & Design and Software City through the Alfried Krupp Foundation.
9 April 2018 - Mrs Violet Atkinson was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE during a ceremony in the Mayor's Parlour at Sunderland Civic Centre.
11 April 2018 - As part of the Citizens Advice’s 1st Anniversary Celebrations my Consort and I visited the centre in Waterloo Place.
12 April 2018 - I attended the Installation of the High Sheriff of Tyne Wear. The new High Sheriff is Mr Paul Callaghan.
26 April 2018 - I hosted the St Johns Ambulance Cadet Awards Ceremony which was a fantastic night.

March 2018

9 March 2018 - Here I am with Brigadier Bibby, Branch President of the Coldstream Guards at their 96th Annual Re-union Dinner.

9 March 2018 - Here I am with Brigadier Bibby, Branch President of the Coldstream Guards at their 96th Annual Re-union Dinner.

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12 March 2018 - Raising the Flag for Commonwealth Day alongside the Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE.  It was a great turn out and I thank everyone who came to support the cause.

12 March 2018 - Raising the Flag for Commonwealth Day alongside the Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE. It was a great turn out and I thank everyone who came to support the cause.

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16 March 2018 - Here I am with some pupils at the Anti-Bullying Celebration Event held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre.

16 March 2018 - Here I am with some pupils at the Anti-Bullying Celebration Event held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre.

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22 March 2018 - I had a fantastic evening presenting awards to some inspirational young adults at the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards held at the Stadium of Light.

22 March 2018 - I had a fantastic evening presenting awards to some inspirational young adults at the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards held at the Stadium of Light.

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28 March 2018 - I was honoured to be invited to Plymouth for the De-commissioning Ceremony of Sunderland’s affiliated War Ship HMS Ocean.

28 March 2018 - I was honoured to be invited to Plymouth for the De-commissioning Ceremony of Sunderland’s affiliated War Ship HMS Ocean.

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9 March 2018 - Here I am with Brigadier Bibby, Branch President of the Coldstream Guards at their 96th Annual Re-union Dinner.
12 March 2018 - Raising the Flag for Commonwealth Day alongside the Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE.  It was a great turn out and I thank everyone who came to support the cause.
16 March 2018 - Here I am with some pupils at the Anti-Bullying Celebration Event held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre.
22 March 2018 - I had a fantastic evening presenting awards to some inspirational young adults at the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards held at the Stadium of Light.
28 March 2018 - I was honoured to be invited to Plymouth for the De-commissioning Ceremony of Sunderland’s affiliated War Ship HMS Ocean.

February 2018

7 February 2018 - Here I am at the re-opening ceremony of Castletown Primary School Library.

7 February 2018 - Here I am at the re-opening ceremony of Castletown Primary School Library.

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9 and 11 February 2018 - I was honoured to attend the opening and closing ceremony of the International Tennis Europe Winter Cups sponsored by Head at Silksworth Tennis Centre.

9 and 11 February 2018 - I was honoured to attend the opening and closing ceremony of the International Tennis Europe Winter Cups sponsored by Head at Silksworth Tennis Centre.

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12 February 2018 - Receiving a very generous donation from WO1 Stephen Fraser of the 4 Regiment Royal Artillery Regiment towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-2018.

12 February 2018 - Receiving a very generous donation from WO1 Stephen Fraser of the 4 Regiment Royal Artillery Regiment towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-2018.

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21 February 2018 - I had the honour and privilege to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the City when they visited the workers on site of the new Northern Spire bridge prior to it’s official opening later this year.

21 February 2018 - I had the honour and privilege to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the City when they visited the workers on site of the new Northern Spire bridge prior to it’s official opening later this year.

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25 February 2018 - Here I am in Sunderland Bridges celebrating Chinese New Year and what a wonderful afternoon we had.  Well done to everyone involved in making this event a great success.

25 February 2018 - Here I am in Sunderland Bridges celebrating Chinese New Year and what a wonderful afternoon we had. Well done to everyone involved in making this event a great success.

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7 February 2018 - Here I am at the re-opening ceremony of Castletown Primary School Library.
9 and 11 February 2018 - I was honoured to attend the opening and closing ceremony of the International Tennis Europe Winter Cups sponsored by Head at Silksworth Tennis Centre.
12 February 2018 - Receiving a very generous donation from WO1 Stephen Fraser of the 4 Regiment Royal Artillery Regiment towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-2018.
21 February 2018 - I had the honour and privilege to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the City when they visited the workers on site of the new Northern Spire bridge prior to it’s official opening later this year.
25 February 2018 - Here I am in Sunderland Bridges celebrating Chinese New Year and what a wonderful afternoon we had.  Well done to everyone involved in making this event a great success.

January 2018

10 January 2018 - Meeting with staff and service users of the Sea View Short Break Service for children with disabilities. This is a remarkable service for families in our city to access.

10 January 2018 - Meeting with staff and service users of the Sea View Short Break Service for children with disabilities. This is a remarkable service for families in our city to access.

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12 January 2018 - Here I am with children from Castle View Academy, Northern Saints and Hylton Castle Primary Schools, as they presented a time capsule to construction workers to bury at Hylton Castle to mark the official launch of restoration work.

12 January 2018 - Here I am with children from Castle View Academy, Northern Saints and Hylton Castle Primary Schools, as they presented a time capsule to construction workers to bury at Hylton Castle to mark the official launch of restoration work.

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13 January 2018 - Launching the new flag of Philadelphia Cricket Club to celebrate the clubs 150th Anniversary.

13 January 2018 - Launching the new flag of Philadelphia Cricket Club to celebrate the clubs 150th Anniversary.

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15 January 2018 - My Charity Curry Evening at the Shagorika Restaurant in Seaburn was a great success, raising over £634 for my three chosen charities. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

15 January 2018 - My Charity Curry Evening at the Shagorika Restaurant in Seaburn was a great success, raising over £634 for my three chosen charities. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

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10 January 2018 - Meeting with staff and service users of the Sea View Short Break Service for children with disabilities. This is a remarkable service for families in our city to access.
12 January 2018 - Here I am with children from Castle View Academy, Northern Saints and Hylton Castle Primary Schools, as they presented a time capsule to construction workers to bury at Hylton Castle to mark the official launch of restoration work.
13 January 2018 - Launching the new flag of Philadelphia Cricket Club to celebrate the clubs 150th Anniversary.
15 January 2018 - My Charity Curry Evening at the Shagorika Restaurant in Seaburn was a great success, raising over £634 for my three chosen charities. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

December 2017

1 December 2017 - Launch event of Bishopwearmouth Co-operative on Chester Road, Sunderland. This wonderful Garden Centre is now open to members of the public!

1 December 2017 - Launch event of Bishopwearmouth Co-operative on Chester Road, Sunderland. This wonderful Garden Centre is now open to members of the public!

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6 December 2017 - Visiting staff at the Phoenix Unit of Sunderland Royal Hospital on Wednesday. Phoenix Unit is one of my chosen charities who care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and other similar treatments.

6 December 2017 - Visiting staff at the Phoenix Unit of Sunderland Royal Hospital on Wednesday. Phoenix Unit is one of my chosen charities who care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and other similar treatments.

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8 December 2017 - Here I am on 'Elf Day' on which raised £283 towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-18. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated money.

8 December 2017 - Here I am on 'Elf Day' on which raised £283 towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-18. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated money.

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9 December 2017 - I am proud to be Honorary Patron for Sunderland Symphony Orchestra, what a fantastic performance they gave at their Christmas Concert.

9 December 2017 - I am proud to be Honorary Patron for Sunderland Symphony Orchestra, what a fantastic performance they gave at their Christmas Concert.

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16 December 2017 - I attended the 90th birthday party of former Mayor and Councillor, Mr John Mawston.

16 December 2017 - I attended the 90th birthday party of former Mayor and Councillor, Mr John Mawston.

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1 December 2017 - Launch event of Bishopwearmouth Co-operative on Chester Road, Sunderland. This wonderful Garden Centre is now open to members of the public!
6 December 2017 - Visiting staff at the Phoenix Unit of Sunderland Royal Hospital on Wednesday. Phoenix Unit is one of my chosen charities who care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and other similar treatments.
8 December 2017 - Here I am on 'Elf Day' on which raised £283 towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund 2017-18. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated money.
9 December 2017 - I am proud to be Honorary Patron for Sunderland Symphony Orchestra, what a fantastic performance they gave at their Christmas Concert.
16 December 2017 - I attended the 90th birthday party of former Mayor and Councillor, Mr John Mawston.

November 2017

October 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.

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.

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.

September

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!

August

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.

July

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.

June

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.

May

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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