‘ABSOLUTELY amazing’ were the words Councillor Michael Rodgers used to describe his year as the mayor of East Staffordshire.
As he prepares to hand over his robes to incoming mayor Councillor Ron Clarke, he said it had been a privilege to serve his borough as its first citizen.
The change will take place tomorrow at the annual meeting of East Staffordshire Borough Council.
“The year has gone so quickly, it’s all been a bit of a blur, but it has been a huge honour to be the mayor and first citizen of East Staffordshire.
“It has been an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said Councillor Rodgers, who is the only Liberal Democrat member of the council.
He has been supported in the role by mayoress Julie Killoran, who has been with the mayor at his side during the 300 engagements he has attended.
Though Councillor Rodgers said one event which stood out was the presentation of the colours to the Mercian regiment, which took place in Worcester.
The mayor and mayoress attended to represent the borough, and met His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
“It was an amazing event,” he said.
Among the engagements have been a large amount of charity events, raising money for the four charities he selected at the start of his year in office.
Around £12,000 will be shared between Macmillan Nurses, Guide Dogs UK, Prostate Cancer UK and the Royal British Legion Women’s Section.
“The amount of generosity which people have shown over the last 12 months has been incredible. These four charities are close to my heart, and I hope I have been able to raise the profile for them.
“I have been touched by the response to these charities, which has ranged from someone coming up to me in a shop to give me £10 for the causes, to a cheque for £1,000,” he said.
The councillor will return to the authority benches after tomorrow evening, and said he was looking forward to continuing to represent his Burton ward.