IT WAS all chain-ge as Redditch welcomed its new mayor this week for what will be a crucial year for the borough council.
Councillor Pattie Hill (Batchley & Brockhill) was appointed to the role for 2015/16 at the borough council’s annual meeting last Thursday.
Outgoing Mayor Coun Pat Witherspoon handed over the chain of office after revealing she raised more than £7,000 for local charities including Redditch Mental Health Action Group, Redditch Dementia Friends and the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation.
Addressing the room, she said: “Redditch will have a true champion and it is my pleasure to hand over the chain to Pattie.”
Describing the past year as ‘incredible’, she named among her highlights as taking part in the Freedom of the Borough of the 37th Signal Regiment in the pouring rain and ‘still being wet two days later at Arrow Valley Park’.
She added she could not have completed the year without the help of her husband John and the support of her family.
Mayor Hill in turn announced that Redditch First Responders, Redditch Cat Rescue and Touchstones would be her chosen charities, before appointing Coun Joe Baker as her deputy.
The meeting also saw seven portfolio holders appointed including:
Coun Bill Hartnett for community leadership and partnerships, Coun Debbie Taylor for local environment, Coun John Fisher for corporate management, Coun Greg Chance for planning, regeneration, economic development and transport, Coun Yvonne Smith for community safety and regulatory services, Coun Mark Shurmer for housing and Coun Pat Witherspoon for leisure and tourism.