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The tradition of having a Mayor of Preston dates back to the middle ages when the city's first Charter (a document bestowing certain rights on a town) was granted by Henry II in 1179.
The Mayor of Preston acts as the city's first citizen, which means they speak on behalf of the city and are an important part of its identity. They also represent local people at civic and ceremonial events.
Nowadays, the Mayor has to be a Preston city councillor, meaning that local people have voted for them to represent their communities. Once chosen, they become Deputy Mayor for a year, before stepping up at the following Annual Council and serve as the Mayor for a year.
For more information see our background to the Mayor of Preston page, along with a list of past Mayors.
The Mayor of Preston for 2018/19 is Councillor Trevor Hart who is the 691st Mayor of Preston, a position which dates back to 1327.
Councillor Trevor Hart's profile can be found on our Mayor of Preston page, along with information about the Deputy Mayor of Preston Councillor David Borrow.
The Mayor’s Charity this year is Headway Preston. A charity very close to the Mayor's heart, helping those with Brain Injury following the loss of his wife due to a Brain Tumour. He hopes to raise the profile and provide valuable support for this charity during his year as Mayor.
If you are introducing the Mayor it is "The right Worshipful the Mayor of Preston" and if you are addressing the Mayor it is "Mr Mayor".
If the Mayor's partner is a woman, she is known as the Mayoress. If the Mayor's partner is a man, he is called the Mayor's Consort.
The Mayor's ceremonial role is to represent the city at annual events such as the Remembrance Day service and Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as high-profile engagements.
The Mayor's diary includes more than 500 appointments throughout the year and is organised by the council's Mayoral Officer.
To invite the Mayor to a function please complete our Invite the Mayor online form and a member of the team will be in touch.
When attending official appointments, the Mayor wears the Mayoral chains which were designed by Alfred Gilbert A.R.A and under went various modifications from the original model and was finally presented to the then Mayor, James Burrow, on 3 November, 1888.
The mayoral chains and badge are an important tradition, having been commissioned to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887 at a cost of £800.
The Civic Regalia, which includes the mayoral robes and chains, precede the Mayor on formal Civic occasions such as the Judges Service.
See our Civic regalia section for more information on Preston's long and distinguished history regarding the insignia.
To be granted the title of Honorary Freeman is a mark of distinction upon the person whom the Council wishes to honour. The Freedom itself carries no privilege and is purely an honour, reflecting the eminence of the person on whom it is conferred or as recognition of significant and valuable services rendered to the borough by that person.
The ceremony for the admitting of an Honorary Freeman is a very formal occasion, with the act providing a special meeting of the Council. This must be convened with the specific object of passing the resolution to Honorary Freedom - one of the highest honours that the Council of a City or Borough can bestow.
The resolution should be passed by not less than two thirds of the members present.
The procedure should be carried out with the utmost formality and the Honorary Freeman Elect is invited to the Council Meeting and placed on the right hand of the Mayor.
For a list of Freeman of Preston and more information please see our Honorary Freemen page.
Essentially, the offer of appointment to Honorary Alderman would normally only be considered in respect of former members having a minimum of 15 years service. Any former member who qualifies will then be considered by an ad hoc Task and Finish Group established to consider whether that person rendered eminent services to the council when he/she was a member.
Aldermen constituted one-quarter of a council except in the Greater London Council and the London Boroughs where the proportion was one-sixth.
For information on the Honorary Alderman and a full list of former members of the Council please see our Honorary Aldermen of the City of Preston page.
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