This Wednesday in Westminster saw a historic event – the first visit of a Mayor, in at least 44 years, from the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield to the beating heart of British democracy – the Palace of Westminster. The Royal Town’s Mayor was invited to London by Andrew Mitchell to commemorate the success of the campaign to restore the Town’s Royal Status, and in the run up to the anniversary of the formation of our own Town Council in May this year.
Mayor Charlotte Hodivala and her husband Cyrus were welcomed to Parliament by the Town’s MP and taken to Prime Minister’s Questions – to see the weekly gladiatorial contest between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Charlotte is the Royal Town’s first Mayor for 42 years, following in illustrious footsteps that started with Benjamin Stone in 1886, when a Charter was granted to establish the first Town Council in Sutton Coldfield.
Andrew Mitchell said “This is a memorable moment for our Town. The recreation of the Royal Town’s Mayoralty is a key event in our Town’s journey to greater local democracy.”
Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with Mayor Charlotte Hodivala outside Speaker’s House