Mayors make merry at panto

Civic dignitaries at the Christmas pantomime and civic dinner.
Civic dignitaries at the Christmas pantomime and civic dinner.

Civic dignitaries from Pocklington and Market Weighton got into the festive mood with a Christmas pantomime and civic dinner to discuss their towns.

Mayors and mayoresses from across the East Riding attended the Christmas pantomime and a civic dinner at Bridlington Spa.

Filled with Christmas spirit, the civic dignitaries included mayor and mayoress of Pocklington, councillor Martin Ratcliffe and Elinda Ratcliffe; mayor and mayoress of Market Weighton, Coun Peter Hemmerman and Catherine Hemmerman; and Pocklington Provincial Ward councillor Kay West.

Having laughed along to Bridlington Spa’s pantomime Peter Pan, the party discussed their areas over the civic dinner.

Coun Martin Ratcliffe 
said: “I thought it was superb, the whole afternoon you could only praise the East 
Riding council for and it really is a great way to get, in my opinion, the towns’ mayors together.

“We all become friends over the year and we do talk a lot about our own towns.

“We do support each 
other in the East Riding very well.”

A charity raffle was also held during the event to raise money for the Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Peter Turner’s charity, Hull and East Yorkshire Royal Institute for the Blind.

Coun Peter Hemmerman, Market Weighton mayor, praised the pantomime and particularly the singers who performed very well.

He added that the mayors gather together and talk about their towns, shared problems and solutions.