Working together will help city recover says incoming mayor - The Worcester Observer

Working together will help city recover says incoming mayor

Worcester Editorial 26th May, 2021   0

WORCESTER’s new first citizen has delivered an impassioned rallying call for the city to ‘come together’ as it emerges from the pandemic.

New Mayor of Worcester Coun Stephen Hodgson took over the chain of office from Labour’s Coun Jo Hodges at the council’s meeting last Tuesday (May 18).

His theme for his year in office will be ‘Coming Together’, in the hope people will reconnect with each other following the Covid-19 crisis.

The Mayor’s two nominated mayoral charities are Aspie, a self-help and motivation group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Stoke Association.

Supporting the Stroke Association is a cause close to home for the Mayor as his wife and fellow city councillor Lucy Hodgson suffered a stroke earlier this year but is making a good recovery.

Coun Hodgson has lived in Worcester for more than 30 years, moving to the city in 1990. He was brought up in North East England, graduating from Northumbria University.

He has worked in the logistics industry throughout his career and is currently employed by a major dairy based in Droitwich.

The Mayor has represented Warndon Parish North for 17 years and follows in the footsteps of wife Lucy, who represent Warndon Parish South, who was Mayor of Worcester in 2008/9.

This is the first time a married couple have both served as mayors of Worcester and the couple live in Warndon Villages and both serve on Warndon Parish Council.

Worcester’s new Mayor is a keen supporter of Worcester Warriors and has previously travelled to many European away games. He is also a fan of Durham County Cricket Club and Sunderland AFC, reflecting his native ties to the north east.

Stephen regularly attends services at St. Nicholas Church in Warndon, and his co-chaplains will be Rev Diane Cooksey and Rev Rosie Moss – both from this church.

Stephen’s great uncle was Ernest Tinkler, who was Chief Constable for Worcester City Police for many years. His son, Ted Tinkler, played for Worcestershire County Cricket club and is listed as player 284 on the Basil D’Olivera stand at New Road.

“It’s a great privilege to be chosen as Mayor of Worcester, having lived in the city for more than 30 years,” Coun Hodgson said.

“It’s now time for us to come together and celebrate our great city, as we move forward and recover from the pandemic.

“There will be plenty of opportunities to do so over the coming months.”


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