Published on 14th May 2012

A close up picture of the Mayor's chain

The annual inauguration of the mayor is to be held at Cheltenham Town Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 May and members of the public are welcome to attend.

  • Wednesday 16 May 2012, 6.30pm
  • Cheltenham Town Hall

Mayor-elect, Councillor Colin Hay will be stepping into his predecessor, Councillor Barbara Driver’s, shoes. Councillor Wendy Flynn will also be made deputy mayor at the ceremony.

The mayor chairs the council and represents the borough at many local business and charity events throughout the year. This year, the new mayor has decided to focus his fundraising efforts towards: Severn Freewheelers, Oakley Neighbourhood Project and the Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum.

Councillor Colin Hay said: “It is going to be a great year to be mayor in Cheltenham, with some exciting events to look forward to. In the first month the Olympic torch event at the racecourse, and then a whole host of events for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I’m really pleased it’s the year I get to be mayor.

“We all know just how difficult a time it’s been for many individuals and businesses and we could all do with a bit of a boost. So let’s have a fun year as a start to a brighter future. I hope many will come to some of the events the Mayor’s Charities will be putting on and the host of events that Cheltenham does so well. You can follow what I’m doing on Twitter and Facebook.”

Councillor Lloyd Surgenor and former Councillor Robin MacDonald, two previous mayors will be bestowed with the honorary title of aldermen. This recognition is for distinguished contribution to Cheltenham and the borough council.

Michael Ratcliffe, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce chief executive will also receive the Cheltenham Medal of Honour for services to the community for 30 years.  

All media are welcome to attend the event.

For press enquiries contact: Nicola Collins, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email

Find out more about what the mayor will be up to by following @mayorcolin on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Mayor’s charities information:
- Severn Freewheelers website.
- Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum.
- Oakley Neighbourhood Project.