Hyde Councillor appointed as new Tameside Civic Mayor
Thursday 2nd June 2016 @ 12:53 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

Hyde Councillor Philip Fitzpatrick is the new Civic Mayor of Tameside after being officially appointed to the role at the latest full council meeting.

Cllr Fitzpatrick has been a Hyde Newton councillor since 2009 and is treading a path worn by his father, Joe Fitzpatrick, who was Civic Mayor in 1987/88.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Fitzpatrick said: “My dad really enjoyed being Mayor. He was supported by my mam, Rose, and I really hope I enjoy myself as much as he did in my Mayoral year.”

Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Philip’s brother, officially forwarded the motion to appoint the Mayor.

He said: “Philip’s a man of the people. He will be an excellent ambassador for Tameside.

“Philip will be the Mayor of Tameside as my dad was before him.

“He’ll walk the same path, but he won’t be walking in his footsteps, he’ll be making his own stamp on the Mayorality.”

Cllr Joe Kitchen, who seconded the motion, paid tribute to the new Civic Mayor’s community work. “Phil quickly became very active in the Hyde community,” he said.

“He quickly became known as ‘Mr Hyde’, working in the Grafton Centre to great effect.

“He was actually still following in his father’s footsteps because the Grafton Centre used to be ensioners’ House and Joe Fitzpatrick did a tremendous amount of work there over many years.

“Philip also worked with church groups and many other local community groups in Hyde. I know that he will be a wonderful ambassador for Tameside and an excellent Mayor.”

Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick praised the work of the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Vincent Ricci and his wife Julie and said they would be a hard act to follow.

“They have served the borough very well and have been excellent ambassadors for this council,” he said. “They have attended a number of my events in Hyde. It’s been a pleasure for me to work alongside them this year as Deputy Mayor and I hope to continue the good work over the coming months.”

He announced that Tameside 4 Good, Willow Wood Hospice and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be this year’s Mayoral charities, together with a number of local charities.

Cllr Fitzpatrick ended his speech by saying: “I know I have a busy year ahead but I also know it will be extremely rewarding and I promise to work extremely hard for this council and for the people of Tameside. I hope you can all be proud of what I achieve.”

The Deputy Civic Mayor was also appointed at the council meeting with Hattersley councillor Janet Cooper taking on the role.

Her partner, Dennis Fitzpatrick, will be her consort.

She said: “Dennis and I promise to carry out our duties as Deputy Mayor and Consort to the best of our abilities and we’re really looking forward to the year ahead.

“Please be assured that Dennis and I promise to work very hard for the borough and for the people of Tameside.

“We’re delighted and honoured to be your Deputy Mayor and Consort and we’re very grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”