New mayor takes chains of office in virtual ceremony 

    22/04/2021


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    The new mayor of Stafford Borough was sworn in at a ‘virtual’ ceremony this week. 

    Councillor Tony Nixon took up the chains of office at the Annual Meeting of Stafford Borough Council on Tuesday (20th) – the first time the event has been held virtually in its more than 400-year history. 

    He was nominated for the role by Councillor Aidan Godfrey. 

    Councillor Nixon takes over from Councillor Gareth Jones for the 2021/2022 Mayoral year. Councillor Jones has been in post for two years after Covid-19 prevented the annual ceremony going ahead in 2020. 

    The new mayor is Stafford born and bred and worked for the Universal Grinding Wheel Company for more than 30 years. He then moved to work at RAF Stafford before transferring to MOD Donnington until his retirement in 2018. 

    His wife, Hazel, a former NHS worker, is the new Mayoress and the couple were married in 1973 – they have three children and five grandchildren. 

    Councillor Nixon is a keen motorcyclist who was first elected to the Borough Council in 1999. He was elected back on to the council in 2019 to represent the Littleworth Ward.  

    In his maidan mayoral speech to the council he said it was a ‘humbling’ experience becoming the borough’s ‘first citizen’. 

    “The Mayoress and I are committed to doing our very best to support the volunteers, the businesses, organisations and charities that make this borough such a great place to live, work and visit.” 

    He continued: “We have vast numbers of selfless people who are dedicated to helping others less fortunate than themselves. They give such a lot - and ask for very little in return.  

    “During our Civic year we will take every opportunity to acknowledge their selfless deeds, shine a light on their hard work, and, in doing so, give a little bit back to those who give such a lot.” 

    They will be raising money for the Stafford and District Carers Holiday Trust – with other charities to be announced soon. 

    Councillor Peter Jones continues in the role of Deputy Mayor. 

    More information about the Mayor and Mayoress from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/mayor 

    Press Release No 5762

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