Yesterday two of our Year 6 School Council Members went along to the Civic Centre to have afternoon tea with the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford. Councillor Peter Dobbs. Councillor Dobbs has been a serving councillor since being elected for the Ordsall ward in May 2000 and continues to serve the local community in Ordsall. As Ceremonial Mayor he is responsible for carrying out civic duties on behalf of the council. This is a different role to the City Mayor.
Miss Armstrong and the children got to find out all about the role of the Council and the work that they do which affects our daily lives. The children even extended an invitation to the Mayor to come and visit our school! Let’s see if he accepts. Perhaps the most impressive thing that they saw was the Mayoral Chain – it looked very heavy indeed!
The chain is approximately 106 centimetres in length and it weighs just under 1 kilogram. The back of the chain bears the inscription “In commemoration of the sixtieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria presented by Councillor. C.E. Hindley, Mayor 1895/6 & 1896/7.”
The pendant bears the Coat of Arms of the city of Salford, and was made in 1974 on the designation of Salford as a city. It incorporates parts of the Coats of Arms of the five areas which became part of the city of Salford at that time. The motto is SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX which translates as “The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law”.