Outgoing mayor Catriona Morris, handed back her mayoral chain last night departing after a successful year saying, ‘it’s time for me to be mummy again.’
During her year in office Ms Morris has raised around £50,000 for her chosen charity, Milton Keynes Dons Sports and Education Trust, and attended more than 500 events – three of which were on Christmas Day.
She said: “It’s been an amazing year and an enormous privilege. There are people in the city doing amazing things and I got to experience that with them. I wanted to create a legacy and continue raising money for MKSET and starting the Friends of the Trust will help do just that.”
The Mayor has been in charge through the Olympic year and as a keen sports fan had the privilege of being in charge to see the announcement that the Rugby World Cup would be coming to stadium:mk, the painting of two gold postboxes to commemorate the achievements of hometown Olympic hero Greg Rutherford and the announcement of a new home for Badminton England.
She said: “There have been so many amazing memories I will take away. Lighting the beacon at Campbell Park and unveiling the spire at White Spire School were special moments and the event at stadium:mk for those involved with the Olympics sent a chill down my spine. It was amazing to see thousands of people on their feet cheering for those people.”
Ms Morris has passed the chain to experienced former MP, Councillor Brian White, and said he will bring his own style to the role.
She said: “Every mayor that comes in has to do it their way and I know Brian will do the same. It will be strange to sit behind the Cabinet and have that view across the chamber and nice to have my own opinions again and be vocal.
“Once the chain comes off the mouth can open.”
Councillor Morris has used her time productively and leaves the job with no regrets having done what she set out to do including raising the profile of the mayoralty.
She said: “I have not walked away from a single event wondering why I was there, every single one I have had a role to play and I’ve known why they wanted me there.”
Her busy schedule has meant Catriona has needed the support of her family and said partner Nick, son Toby, nine and 13-year-old Lucy, along with her parents, had made the experience a lot easier.
She said: “My family have been massively supportive and it has been a learning curve for the children as well. My parents have helped keep that stability.
“I have had to keep my opinions to myself for two years as deputy and mayor but now once the chains are off the mouth will be open.”