City of York Council’s Annual Council will take place next week, and will see the next Lord Mayor officially appointed and the new public area on Parliament Street used for the very first time.
Over 150 guests including the civic party, councillors and council officers will attend the Annual Council Meeting on Thursday 24 May.
During the annual meeting a new Lord Mayor will be officially appointed – heralding a new civic year in which 800 years of local democracy will be celebrated through York800.
Councillor Keith Hyman will be sworn in to office and will take over from the current Lord Mayor, Councillor David Horton. Councillor Paul Firth will take over the role of Sheriff from Mr Alan Deller who has supported the Lord Mayor over the last year.
The ceremony will be held in the Guildhall starting at 11am. At the end of the ceremony the new civic party will emerge from the Guildhall and process through the city centre, accompanied by the York Waits and the York Guard. There will be eight members of the York Guard, including their standard bearer and seven halberdiers.
Councillors and Honorary Aldermen will be dressed in robes and Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, and Bill Woolley, Deputy Chief Executive, will be attending in their capacity of Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk.
Along the procession, the party will pause briefly at the new public space arena on Parliament Street (opposite Marks and Spencer) where Kersten England will read a proclamation to mark the special occasion, heralding in the new civic party and the start of the new civic and municipal year.
A local school band will also play a specially selected piece of music to welcome the new Lord Mayor.
Following the event in Parliament Street the civic procession will continue to the Merchant Adventurers Hall to continue the celebrations with a private luncheon.