The new Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent has vowed to spread the word about what a great place the city is during her year in office.

Councillor Sheila Pitt will be selected for the role of First Citizen at today’s (Thursday) annual council meeting of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

She said:

“I am really looking forward to my year in office and will be aiming to meet as many people as possible, particularly the young people of the city to enjoy their achievements and listen to their plans for their future.

“I shall do my utmost to spread the word of what a great city Stoke-on-Trent is and how we can all look forward to its regeneration over the next few years.

“With the city recently celebrating the official opening of its new bus station and work pushing ahead with the Central Business District, it’s a very exciting time to be Lord Mayor of this great city.”

Hanley-born Sheila went to the former St John’s Primary School and Brownhills High School, in Tunstall, when it was an all girls’ school. She worked as a secretary at companies including Woolliscroft Solicitors, Cresswell Ironmongers and Woolliscroft Tiles.

Now retired, she served as a councillor between 2004 and 2008 and then took a break before being elected to the Bentilee and Ubberley ward in 2011.

Outside of the council chamber, the married grandmother-of-seven’s interests include photography, classical music and researching her family history. She is also a member of Moss Green Art Group and paints in acrylics, mainly landscapes including urban as well as rural.

Sheila will raise money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the local branch of the British Cardiac Patients Association during her time in office.

She said:

“Dougie Mac provide wonderful support and palliative care to their patients and the patients association raises money for University Hospital of North Staffordshire for equipment they require in the treatment of heart disease, as well as help and advice for heart patients and their carers.

“I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible for these two very worthy causes.”

One of Sheila’s first official engagements as new Lord Mayor will be to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week, where Stoke-on-Trent is going for gold with a stunning Transformation Garden. Sheila will be accompanied in her civic duties by her husband Barry, who will be her consort, with close friend Joan Bailey chosen as substitute consort.

During his year in office, outgoing Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Crowe raised more than £5,000 for charity, with the main benefactors being Stoke-on-Trent Disabled Sports Association and North Staffs Prostate Cancer Support Group.

He said:

“It’s been an absolutely fantastic year and one which I shall never forget. The people of Stoke-on-Trent have been very supportive throughout the 12 months and I would like to personally thank them for that.”

Councillor Majid Khan, who represents Etruria and Hanley, is expected to be appointed Deputy Lord Mayor for the year ahead at today’s meeting.

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