Exciting year in store for the new Mayor of Rugby

MHRA-17-05-12 Mayor May33 New Mayor of Rugby Councillor. Kathryn Lawrence .
MHRA-17-05-12 Mayor May33 New Mayor of Rugby Councillor. Kathryn Lawrence .

HELPING Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross will be one of the top priorities for the town’s new mayor.

Kathryn Lawrence was unanimously voted to take on the chain of office from outgoing Mayor Gwen Hotten at the annual Rugby Borough Council meeting last week.

Her mayoral theme is ‘celebrating Rugby past, present and future’.

Cllr Lawrence, who represents Hillmorton ward as a Conservative councillor and is a member of the appeals committee, said: “I don’t think my head has come out of the clouds yet!

“It’s a delight, privilege and an honour to be the new mayor of Rugby.”

She already has a number of exciting civic duties to cover.

“I’m really looking forward to my year as there’s so much going on,” she said.

“There’s the Queen’s jubilee, the Olympic torch coming, Rugby in Bloom and Rugby Festival of Culture promising to be bigger and better than ever. There is also the Godiva event which I’m sure will be amazing.”

She is also embracing the chance to meet people in the town.

“It will be lovely to go out and meet local groups and hear about the work they do,” said Cllr Lawrence.

Cllr Lawrence, who grew up in Hillmorton, is hoping lots of people will support her civic appeal for the Friends of St Cross Hospital.

“As a child I spent a lot of time in outpatients and this is my way of saying thank you,” she said.

Her hobbies include gardening and relaxing with friends.

Cllr Tony Gillias (Con, Revel and Binley Woods) is the deputy mayor.