SOLIHULL’S outgoing Mayor has bid farewell as he steps down from the role after two years.
Councillor Ken Meeson has handed over the Mayoral chain to Coun Diana Holl-Allen for the municipal year.
Coun Meeson and his wife, Annette, will serve as deputy Mayor and Mayoress for the coming year.
The Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Meeson, said: “I want to say thank you to the many organisations and individuals who have invited us to attend so many memorable events in what has been an historic year.
“With the Platinum Jubilee, the Commonwealth Games, and the new King’s Coronation, it was a time that will live on in the memory for many years to come.
“There was sadness too, with the death of the late Queen and the unfolding cruelty of war in Ukraine, to which many Solihull families responded by opening their homes to those forced to flee for their safety.
“We have also seen many people from Hong Kong settling in the borough, and I am proud that people in Solihull and the council have worked together to make our new residents feel welcome.”
He said it was a great delight to see the work of organisations including care homes, schools and experience the outstanding music, art, and theatrical talent that enriches cultural life in Solihull.
Coun Meeson added: “A particular highlight of mine was the sell-out concert for the Mayoral Charity, hosted by Solihull’s Music Service, to support vulnerable children and young people in care. I am grateful to them and all the organisations that have donated throughout the year.”