Cllr Lora Lawman was elected as the first Mayor of Wellingborough Town Council at the Annual Town Council Meeting on 19th May 2021.
Role and Powers of a Mayor
The word "Mayor" derives from the same Latin word "Magnus", meaning great. The Office of the Mayor, together with the Doomesday Book and the feudal system were brought to this country by the Normans, as such an office had existed on the continent at least since the 5th Century. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London, appointed in 1189 by Richard I.
The Mayor of the Wellingborough Town Council is elected annually by the Council from among the elected Councillors. By statute, the election of the Mayor must be the first business transacted at the Annual Meeting. The Mayor continues their term of Office, unless they resign or becomes disqualified, until their successor becomes entitled to act as Mayor.
The Mayor is also the Chairman at Council Meetings, and one of the primary functions is to preside over meetings of the Council. If they are not present at any meeting of the Council, then the Deputy Mayor has to preside. The Mayor must have a full knowledge of the provisions of standing orders but they can normally consult the Town Clerk. The Mayor's decision on the interpretation of standing orders and on any questions not provided for is final. The ruling of the Mayor on a point of order or on a personal explanation is not open to discussion.
Invitations to the Mayor
Any organisation or individual wishing to invite the Mayor to a function is requested to write to the Mayor, giving details of the date and time required (start and finish times), with full address details of the venue and a brief description of what the event is for.
If the Mayor is unable to attend, the Deputy Mayor will be offered the chance to attend in their place.
There is no charge for the Mayor or Deputy Mayor to attend your event.
If you would like the Mayor to attend your function/event, please email the Mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following information:
Date of event
Whether you would like the Mayor to speak