Outgoing mayor’s cultural legacyBy Laura Herbert
June 01, 2012
The outgoing mayor of Wokingham has dedicated a special cup to the borough to recognise excellence in arts and culture.
Councillor Dianne King announced her decision as she stood down as the borough mayor on Thursday, May 24.
She said: “As you will know I was keen to promote arts and culture and have seen a huge amount of talent, not only in children but people of all ages.
“In order to further encourage this I have decided to give a cup for arts and culture every year.
“This year it will go to Maiden Erlegh School.
“I hope that in future the council will work with the Cultural Partnership to decide who will have this in future years.”
Cllr King added: “It has been an honour and a privilege to carry out this role over the last two years and I have relished the opportunity to get to know the borough better than I thought I did.
“I even had the opportunity to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace and offer loyal greetings to the Queen on behalf of our residents on the forthcoming jubilee celebrations.”
Cllr King chose Give a Child a Chance as the mayor’s charity. She raised around £10,500 in her first year and expects this year’s total to be around the same figure.
Cllr Bob Wyatt was unanimously elected as the 2012/13 mayor of the borough during the full council meeting.
He said: “Thank you everybody in this jubilee year to have elected me to this important role. I promise I will do it fairly and properly.
“It has been a privilege for me to have been Dianne’s deputy. It has given me the unique advantage of sitting beside her.”
Cllr UllaKarin Clark has stood down from her role on the executive to be deputy mayor.
Cllr Clark said: “I am honoured to become deputy mayor of Wokingham borough. In accepting this role I will make every effort to carry out my duties in a most professional and dignified manner.”