Mr Mayor's Diary August 2005
Week commencing Monday 1 August
This week the Mayoress and I were away on holiday. Because of this we were unfortunately, unable to attend the funeral of the Late Councillor Doris Fernandez. Our sympathy goes out to her family.
Tuesday 9 August
I chaired a meeting of the Council Agenda Setting Group. This is held monthly, before the full council meeting, to decide what will be on the agenda.
Wednesday 10 August
We attended a celebration for Adam Day 2005 at the Sheridan Suite, Oldham Road, Manchester. The Azeemia Foundation UK hosted the third annual Adam Day to be held in Manchester. The theme for the day was unity and diversity and it was good to see the diverse range of multi cultural and multi faith people of Manchester all come together in Prayer, drama and song. This is what the day was all about, togetherness.
Thursday 11 August
Today we attended the Princes Trust Salford Team Presentation Evening at the Europa Suite, Manchester United Football Club. We were there to present awards to a group of young people who have bettered their lives, not only for themselves but also for other people. Most of them are going on to college courses in September, others are going into full time employment. Well done to you all.
Sunday 14 August
Today we attended the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day parade, led by the Burma Star Association starting at the Peace Gardens, Cooper Street, Manchester. Also in attendance were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester, The Lord Lieutenant and many representatives from religious groups in Manchester. After the event we spoke to quite a few of the veterans in the Town Hall.
Later in the day we went to present prizes to the winners of the 2005 Dragon Boat Race at Salford Watersports Centre. There was a real atmosphere of community involvement all around. We would like to thank everyone for the hospitality shown to us during our visit. Congratulations to the winners.
Monday 15 August
We attended a celebration of The Independence Day of India at the University Chaplaincy. St Peters House, Oxford Road, Manchester. This was a great evening of traditional Indian dancing. Also in attendance were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester, The Lord Lieutenant and Mayors and Mayoress's from the Greater Manchester Area.
Tuesday 16 August
Today we hosted a Citizenship Ceremony at The Civic Centre. This month 15 people received the honour of becoming British Citizens. After the ceremony they came into the Mayor's Parlour for tea and a chat to myself and the Mayoress.
We later attended the Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations at Eastern Cuisine, Plymouth Grove, Manchester. This was another excellent evening. This time it was mainly the children who entertained us to dancing and singing. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester, The Lord Lieutenant and Mayor's and Mayoress's from the Greater Manchester area were again in attendance.
Wednesday 17 August
We hosted a reception in the Mayor's Parlour for Dr Ganvir, the Mayor's Citizen Award winner for August. He was nominated by the President of Eccles Rotary Club and tributes were made by Councillor Lancaster who praised him for the work he has done in Eccles and also commented that he was a friend to everyone. Also, Councillor Karen Garido and Councillor Norman Owen paid their own tributes to him. This was followed by the monthly meeting of the full council.
Friday 19 August
We attended a celebration of India's Independence Day at The Forum, Poundswick Lane, Wythenshawe. This was a concert put on by students. Again, another excellent night of song and dance with The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, other Mayors and Mayoress's from around Greater Manchester and Tony Lloyd MP. A truly great night.
Saturday 20 August
We attended the British Crown Green Bowling Association, Junior Merit event at Winton Social Club, Winton. This was amazing, people came from all over the Country to take part, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Wales, Isle of Man, Cumbria. We had a great time there watching the bowls and talking to a lot of fantastic people. Many thanks for your hospitality and your Bitter is spot on.
We went from here to attend the Broughton Festival and Family Fun Day at Albert Park, Broughton. The highlight of this festival, in my mind, was the portable Climbing Wall. This was great and seemed to be very popular, the Mayoress was more interested in the horse and the other animals. Again a big thank you to every one concerned in organising the day and showing us round.
We went on to attend a celebration for 45 years of Hospital Radio Broadcasting at North Manchester General Hospital, Crumpsall. Also in attendance were The Mayor and Mayoress of Bury and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester. This was a great occasion and attended by many people to say thank you for the work that is done to make the Radio Broadcasting successful, not only to North Manchester General Hospital, but also to Hope Hospital. While we were there they showed us the new studio that has been up and running for about 12 months. Again many thanks for a great time.
Sunday 21 August
We hosted a VJ Day Parade and Service at St. Peter's Church, Swinton. The parade started at the car park behind the Civic Centre and we marched to St. Peter's Church where the Commemoration Service was held. Following the service the parade marched past the Civic Dignitaries to the cenotaph and the Lord Lieutenant took the salute. On arriving at the cenotaph, the 2 minutes silence was observed then the wreaths were laid by The Lord Lieutenant of Manchester, myself as Mayor of Salford and a representative of the Burma Star Association. Then other organisations and individuals laid theirs. This was truly a magnificent day. Many thanks to everyone who turned up to pay tribute to all the people that paid with their lives during the war in Japan. (WE WILL REMEMBER THEM). Many thanks also to the Rev James Siemens for the service he conducted at St Peter's and also a special thank you to Cadishead Band for their presence in the parade and also in the church.
Tuesday 23 August
Today I chaired a meeting of my Charity Committee where we were planning various events that we intend to hold throughout the year.
Wednesday 24 August
We hosted a reception for the Princes Trust Salford Team in the Mayor's Parlour. This was to say well done to all the team for their efforts. We wish them all best wishes for the future.
Thursday 25 August
We attended a cabaret and dance at the Irlam and Cadishead Royal British Legion. This was to commemorate the end of the World War II on VJ Day. It was a really good night and the entertainment was fantastic. A very big thank you for the reception we received, as for my dancing is concerned, well I will leave it at that.
Friday 26 August
Today we attended the North West Street Games 2005 at Sport City Manchester. This was an opportunity to try out a variety of sports for some 700 young people who came from the six New Deal for Communities and the six Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Areas, spread across the North West of England. Salford were represented by Charlestown and Lower Kersal. We had a really good time while we were there. Many thanks to the Sports Development Team who prepared the young people for this event.
We went from the Street Games to Clarendon Recreation Centre where a similar event, Summer Festival of Sport, was being held. All the children who attended Fit City recreation centres across Salford during the summer holidays, competed against each other. This is an annual event and the standard was very high, at the end we presented awards to all the winners.
Sunday 28th August
We attended the opening of the Salford Festival at Build Hill Park. After opening the event we walked round and spoke to quite a few people and we were then asked to go round with the judge while he picked the winners in the Arboricultural Event. I found this to be very interesting. We then presented awards to various people for there flower arranging displays, we had a very enjoyable time.
From there we went to a Children's Party to celebrate VJ Day at Irlam and Cadishead Royal British Legion. This was held by the Legion to say thank you to all the girl guides, boy scouts etc that each year join in the parade and annual service of rememberance held in November. Every one had a good time.
Monday 29th August
Today we attended the Irlam and Cadishead Community Festival at Prince's Park, Irlam. As usual people turned out to the park to join in the festival. I have been going to this event for quite a few years, so it was a real honour to open it this time. We then walked round speaking to various people and meeting a lot of our friends. Many thanks to Sue Ness for escorting us around.
We went on to the BASIC Family Fun Day at BASIC's Neurocare Centre, Eccles New Road, Salford. BASIC is the Brain and Spinal Injury Charity and the work they do to support people and their families, suffering from a brain injury, is fantastic. Since we were here last year, an extension has been put onto the existing building and, with the help of Lottery Grants, life saving equipment has been supplied and is well used. We walked round talking to lots of people and finished off by drawing the raffle. Many thanks to Faye and the staff for their hospitality.
From BASIC we went on to attend the Winton Festival at the Brown Cow Public House, Winton. Again many people attended this event as they do every year. We looked around all the stalls and spoke to people. Later we drew the raffle. Many thanks to the organisers for inviting us.
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