Mayor & Mayoress of Wirral –
Cllr Pat Hackett & Mrs Elaine Hackett – 2016 – 2017
It has been an eventful year to date and a thoroughly enjoyable one since we were appointed last May. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have met so many great organisations and individuals all doing amazing things. We thank you all for your hospitality and warm welcome.
We have seen the best of the Wirral in so many ways, whether it’s the excellent work of pupils in our schools helping and supporting asylum seekers, befriending an elderly person, helping them with their shopping or transforming their garden. We also see this exemplified through the Wirral Civic Award scheme for younger people which was launched in 1981 following a visit to the borough by the Duke of Edinburgh and the great work of Brenda Thompson.
We have seen young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) helping to improve the quality of life for those Pat & Elaine Hackett with the new with complex needs or giving a plot of land a makeover to bring it back into community use. We have witnessed the role of our churches connecting up with the surrounding area and working with partners, making the church the hub of community activity, with lunch clubs, OAP and befriending services, street pastors, homeless shelters and asylum support. We
have visited and witnessed the amazing work of the Wirral’s Multi Cultural Organisation helping and supporting our ethnic communities. Our armed forces cadets giving young people the skills and knowledge to use in later life. It has been wonderful to see the great work of the Rotary and Lions clubs raising money for worthy causes and those less fortunate in society. The community spirit and learning opportunities for young people and their families belonging to the scout and guides clubs across the borough, and so many more that we have attended since last May and during our time as deputies.
We have attended fetes, opened businesses, took part in tug of war competitions both inside the council chamber and at a summer fete in Mayer Park in Bebington acting as the anchor and hurting my back in the process. We have had the privilege of meeting the Queen and Prince Philip in person, and at the other end of the scale meeting volunteers at the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead carrying out great work on behalf of the homeless. We met a lady aged 105 years of age who was truly amazing, and we have visited the neonatal unit at Arrowe Park to witness the unbelievable work of our doctors and nurses. We met the great Sir David Attenborough as he launched the keel for the new Artic Explorer ship named after him at a ceremony in Cammell Lairds.
One of our regular duties is the Citizenship Ceremonies that welcome people from all over the world to our borough as new British Citizens each month, and is held at Birkenhead Town Hall. This is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all concerned.
It never ceases to amaze the Mayoress and I as we travel across Wirral, it is truly inspirational to see organisations and individuals bringing communities together. Somebody once said there is no sense of community without caring and Wirral certainly proves to us that we have it in abundance.
Our two charities this year are the Wallasey Sea Cadets and the Wirral Narrowboat Trust, and we have a general fund for those charities with a low profile that struggle to raise funds.