THE TENTH JUNIOR MAYOR OF HEREFORD
For the Municipal Year 2016 – 2017
Tofumni Folayan was installed as the 10th Junior Mayor of Hereford at a ceremony in the Council Chamber, Town Hall on Friday 4th November 2016. In a ceremony closely based on the traditional Mayor-making, Tofunmi was sworn in in the presence of the Mayor and Councillors by the Town Clerk having been appointed to serve for one year.
Tofi, as she is usually known, is a Year 6 pupil at Holmer C of E Academy. She was appointed from among six outstanding candidates who were interviewed by the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and another councillor before a final decision was made.
The Junior Mayor supports the Mayor at any event where it is appropriate for them to do so, and the Mayor visits their school as part of her year. Her first duties will include accompanying the Mayor at Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial in St Peter’s Square, and switching on the Christmas Lights on Sunday 20th November 2016 at 5pm in High Town.
In her acceptance speech Tofi said how proud she was to have been given the honour and promised to do her very best. After the civic formalities were over Tofi lead the Mayor as guest of honour at a tea to celebrate the award.
At the same ceremony both the current Mayor Cllr Jim Kenyon, and his predecessor Cllr Charles Nicholls thanked Angharad Knight who was finishing her term for her help and support during the last year.
If you would like to invite the Junior Mayor to attend your function or event along with the Mayor please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01432 260 438, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2007, Hereford City Council inaugurated the appointment of a Junior Mayor of Hereford with two objectives: to increase public awareness of the role of the Mayoralty and City Council, and to help educate young people about local government by increasing links between the Mayor of the day and the City’s schools.
In September, the Mayor’s Secretary sends out nomination forms to Primary Schools within the City and surrounding areas and nominations are then considered in October by a panel including the current Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and the Town Clerk. The Junior Mayor’s whole class and some teachers are invited to attend and learn about the process. The date for the Junior Mayor Making Ceremony is provisionally set for November, subject to consultation with the school involved.