My latest civic duty took place on June 21 when my wife Christine and I were invited to attend the installation of Coun John Peach as mayor for the City of Peterborough in the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew.
We arrived in Peterborough at 2.30pm and made our way to the town hall. The event was extremely well attended with well over 100 guests, including civic heads, councillors, and many other dignitaries from both civil and military backgrounds.
We all formed a long procession, leaving the town hall through the Peterborough shopping area towards the cathedral. It was very splendid and the crowds were out to support the new mayor.
Possibly by coincidence, the mayor’s installation coincided with the Peterborough Heritage Festival that was also taking place in the cathedral grounds.
The two events made for a majestic occasion because the procession made its way through a guard of honour made up of performers wearing historical costumes marking 3,500 years of history which included Romans, Vikings, the Saxon Bronze Age, the Georgian era and the Second World War, all carrying weapons from each period in history.
The procession took some time to arrive at the cathedral. I can only imagine that mayor Peach was delighted with the way things turned out.
Peterborough Cathedral is very grand and became the cathedral for the diocese of Peterborough in 1541 and it is now formally known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, Peterborough. The building has suffered a somewhat troubled past, with significant damage during the civil war in the mid-seventeenth century. The cathedral embodies a rich and wonderful heritage, as well as its blend of diverse and interesting architecture and religious artefacts.
The service was conducted by the Very Rev Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough, and, on conclusion, we were invited to partake in light refreshments with the new mayor.
The event went like clockwork and was an absolute credit to the organisers.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking mayor Peach and Peterborough City Council for the kindness they showed to my wife and me on this very special day.
Speaking on behalf of South Holland District Council, we sincerely hope that mayor Peach enjoys his new civic role.
Again, many thanks for a memorable day.