City to lodge bid for Lord Mayor status

Peter Box
Peter Box

A NEW mayoral title will put Wakefield among the country’s leading cities, if the Queen accepts a bid from the council.

As part of the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, cities are in competition for the honour of appointing Lord Mayors.

And Wakefield Council is set to make a bid for the new status, which would bring the city into the same league as Leeds and Manchester.

The role of a Lord Mayor is purely ceremonial and ambassadorial, and costs no more than having a district mayor.

Wakefield’s current Mayor, Coun Tony Wallis, will hand over the robes to Coun Ros Lund in May.

And Coun Lund’s deputy, who is yet to be announced, would be the first to assume the Lord Mayor title in May next year.

Leader of Wakefield Council Coun Peter Box CBE said: “Having a Lord Mayor acknowledges Wakefield as a major city of national importance, standing proudly alongside its city neighbours. It would be particularly fitting at a time when we are seeing significant economic growth.

“People in this district already take great pride in their mayor. Having a Lord Mayor would re-focus civic pride and be a real boost to the whole district.”

The bid will be submitted if it is approved at a full council meeting on Wednesday.

Coun Box added: “I am sure Council will support the bid to take advantage of this opportunity to elevate our status in such an important year for Wakefield.”