It’s been a challenging two years for the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Janet Cooper, and her Consort Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick.  Assuming the Mayoral chains virtually during Covid in May 2020 it was a year beset with lockdowns and restrictions that barely afforded any opportunities for the Mayor to be out in the community.  The news that the term would be extended into the 2021-2022 year was not surprising and at least in the past months the Mayor has seized on supporting events and local good causes as restrictions eased.

So the Mayors Charity Ball, staged on March 26th, signals the end of an incredible period and a celebration of our local charities and community groups supported through the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.  These include Cascade Baby Bundles,  Friends Of Tameside Young Carers,  Tameside 4 Good and Tameside Scanner Appeal. Students from Tameside College came along the day before to decorate the tables ready for the big event.

Attendees at the event included local MP’s Angela Rayner, Jonathan Reynolds and Andrew Gwynne alongside many of our local councillors. The Greater Manchester Mayors also came and showed their support along with Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Other distinguished guests featured Executive Leader of Tameside Council, Councillor Brenda Warrington,  Steve Barton BEM,  Derrick Evans and Massimino Malacrino who was also taking snaps and video for About Tameside.

Civic Mayor Elect, Ashton Councillor Mike Glover, will assume the mayoral chains in May for the 2022-2023 year.