The CITY Mayor has hung up his cloak after his term in office has ended.
A year of excitement was experienced by Cllr Peter Evans and Mayoress, Cllr Margaret Evans – from a royal visit by Her Majesty The Queen through to the freedom of the city ceremony with astronaut, Tim Peake.
Cllr Peter Evans said: “I have most definitely enjoyed my time as mayor. Firstly, being selected to serve as mayor of such a great city is an honour.
“Being able to represent the city council and the residents of Chichester at local and national events, gives me the opportunity to promote what the city can offer as a main centre for culture, shopping and entertainment in the South.
“It is difficult to pinpoint a few of my highlights. Meeting so many people who undertake great work in the city for no reward, for example, our volunteers.
“Evie the Pets as Therapy dog – amazing that a dog can break down barriers and connect with children and adults alike all part of their physical wellbeing and recovery.
“Meeting Rotarians and Lions members, who, without their assistance and support, many of our local events just would not happen, such as The market Cross Christmas Tree, Dragon Boat Racing etc.
“Meeting children in clubs and schools all part of their education – you should see their eyes open wide when you appear in the Red Robe!
And of course, the big Chichester events, the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in November, conferring the freedom of the city on Tim Peake in the packed Chichester Festival Theatre in
February, being part of the Chichester Festival in the summer and the incredible Remembrance Day service and parade.”
Cllr Evans said volunteers and carers from across the city stood out as inspiring people of Chichester.
He said: “Volunteers, and there are so many across the city, and I include under ‘volunteers’, carers who devote their lives to looking after friends or relatives who are unwell.
“Never looking for reward, but carrying the responsibility for their loved ones, no matter what the pressure on their own lives are. I salute them.
“Chichester shines both as a vibrant city of culture and commerce as well as being a place where people want to live.
” We know that Chichester will face many changes in the future as we have in the past. I am assured that Chichester is and will remain the diamond in the crown of English cities.
“Thank you to the Chichester Post and all of its readers for their support during my mayoral year.”