The day we met the mayor.....
On Wednesday 4th July, some of the school councillors met the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor. We went into the council chambers and saw where decisions are made for our area. We really liked the microphones and finding out about our local councillors' secret stash of sweets! Oliver got to hold the mace and we found out that the mayor had chosen the one to represent Halesowen as he is from there.
Martin, who is the mayor's assistant, showed us the chains of office and told us what each part represents. Dudley castle was easily recognisable but there were other things that have given Dudley its foundations. There was a reference to chainmaking and the fossils found on the Wrens' Nest Nature Reserve. We got to see the robes and the special hat that the mayor wears.
The mayor only serves for one year, as this was part of the Magna Carta as decreed by King John, hundreds of years ago. The mayor is elected by the other councillors and has a deputy. They sit on large red chairs and we all really enjoyed having a sit down and pretending to be the mayor.
The mayor invited us to his office and we walked past photographs of all the mayors who had served Dudley over many years. The office was huge and Mrs Tong was very jealous! We were served cookies and a drink - which was very kind. We sat on very comfortable sofas and the mayor gave us some souvenirs. We all really enjoyed today and want to send huge thanks to the mayor and everyone in the mayor's office for inviting us.
Ruby, Harry, Rosalie, William, Sienna, Thomas, Daisy, Jacob, Amari, Savannah, Oliver and Oliver (head boy)