Mayor of Knaresborough (May 2022 - May 2023)

Being a town of proud tradition, Knaresborough has maintained the honourable post of Town Mayor. Each year in May, a new Mayor is chosen by Knaresborough Town Councillors. For that year the Mayor is, regardless of politics, the representative of the town of Knaresborough.

 

It is an onerous role, which entails a very heavy commitment of voluntary time, often needing attendance at several functions each week as well as the usual commitments of a Town Councillor. The Mayor’s events vary from local community events to the formal Remembrance Day ceremonies to hosting important visitors to Knaresborough or representing Knaresborough to other communities whether these be close neighbours or our European ‘twin’ town of Bebra in Germany.

 

The Mayor for 2022/2023 is Councillor Kathryn Davies and her Consort is Mr Robert Davies. The Deputy Mayor for this period is Councillor Mark Flood. If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charity please contact the Clerk's Office.

If you would like to invite the Mayor of Knaresborough to an event please contact 01423 864080 or email the Deputy Clerk on deputyclerk@knaresboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Mayor's Diary

Entry from 16th May- 27th June 

Since taking office on 16th May, I have carried out 10 official engagements, given two press interviews about my appointment and one interview to a documentary maker about Knaresborough Bed Race.

Attending the Mayor Making ceremony and dinner for the Harrogate mayor on 23rd May at the Royal Hall in Harrogate was the first civic event at which I met the newly elected mayor for Harrogate, the newly elected mayor for Otley and several Harrogate Borough councillors and the Chief Executive of HBC.

In the following week, I gave press interviews with the Stray Ferret and The Harrogate Advertiser and attended the reopening of the Chapel in the Crag on Abbey Road on Sunday 29th May.

On 30th May, having chosen Care in the Community Support Service as my chosen charity for the year, I was delighted to attend their Platinum Jubilee party on Hilton Lane in Knaresborough in the afternoon.

I appointed my chaplain for the year, Stroma McDermott, of the Anglican Church on Gracious Street, who was as delighted to be asked, as I was at her acceptance of the role.

Attending the Platinum Jubilee service in Ripon Cathedral on 2nd June was a great honour, at which the Knaresborough Guides made an outstanding contribution, and at which I was privileged to meet the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and the new mayor and deputy mayor of Skipton, along with the deputy mayor of Boroughbridge and the ongoing mayor of Ripon.

The highlight of the year so far was the Knaresborough Bed Race on Saturday 11th June. What a fantastic event! Brilliantly organized by the Knaresborough Lions and a whole host of community volunteers, the effort that everyone put into this event was outstanding. A thoroughly enjoyable day, from taking part in the parade through the town to delivering the welcome address and starting the race off, talking to people in the crowd and then awarding the prizes at the end of the day. I also passed on my thanks for the very prompt clear up operation to the mayor of Harrogate, which was much appreciated.


 

 On Sunday 12th June, I attended a service at Ripon Cathedral for couples in the district celebrating over 50 years of marriage, where I also met the newly elected mayor of Richmond and the chair of North Yorkshire County Council.

The Platinum Jubilee weekend in Knaresborough started with the beacon lightning at the castle on 2nd June, followed by attendance at the flag making workshop for children taking part in the flag parade on Saturday 4th June, and the opening of the garden party ay Knaresborough House that same afternoon. Well done all councillors that put in the effort into organising this and made sure everything went as planned despite the vandalism the night before.

The Platinum Jubilee service at St John’s church in Knaresborough on 5th June was very special in that it involved all the Knaresborough churches coming together in St John’s Hub afterwards.

The highlight of the year so far was the Knaresborough Bed Race on Saturday 11th June. What a fantastic event! Brilliantly organized by the Knaresborough Lions and a whole host of community volunteers, the effort that everyone put into this event was outstanding. A thoroughly enjoyable day, from taking part in the parade through the town to delivering the welcome address and starting the race off, talking to people in the crowd and then awarding the prizes at the end of the day. I also passed on my thanks for the very prompt clear up operation to the mayor of Harrogate, which was much appreciated.

On Sunday 12th June, I attended a service at Ripon Cathedral for couples in the district celebrating over 50 years of marriage, where I also met the newly elected mayor of Richmond and the chair of North Yorkshire County Council.