Elected as ward councillor for Millfield in 2011 where she has lived for 30 years, Councillor Lynda Scanlan was officially sworn in at a full meeting of Sunderland City Council.
Cllr Lynda Scanlan has been sworn in to serve the people of the city as Mayor of Sunderland.
Cllr Scanlan will be supported during her 12 month term of office, by long term family friend and charity fundraising colleague, Michael Horswill, who will serve as Mayoral Consort.
They will take over the ceremonial chains of office from the former Mayor, Councillor Doris MacKnight, and her Mayoral Consort Mr Keith MacKnight.
The new Mayoral team was joined at their inauguration ceremony by Councillor Scanlan’s children and their partners with her two grandsons, and members of Mr Horswill’s family along with invited friends and guests.
Also sworn in by full Council as Deputy Mayor 2018-2019 was Washington East ward member, Councillor David Snowdon.
The new Mayor of Sunderland, who set up the family business Scanlan’s Solicitors with her late husband Bill 31 years ago, has served on a number of committees during her council career including as Chair of the East Area Place Board and Deputy Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services.
Sunderland’s new Mayor Cllr Scanlan said; “I have always been proud to serve my community, as Magistrate for almost 25 years and chair of various training panels set to provide more opportunities for young people, and I’m honoured to have been chosen to take on this latest challenge representing our city as Mayor.
“I’m looking forward to doing that to the best of my abilities, and using my role to help support the many community groups and charities who work so hard to help the vulnerable and young people of our city.
“Assisting me throughout will be my Mayoral Consort, Micky Horswill, who I’ve worked with for more than 20 years on our many fundraising activities. He’s well known and loved as member of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup winning team, and I’m certain we’ll work well together raising funds for our chosen charities.”
The Mayoral Charities this year will be the Sunderland and North Durham Society for the Blind, Sunderland based charity ‘Hope Spring’ who work with vulnerable young people in the community and the local NCPCC Childline Service.
The new Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Lynda Scanlan added: “We have chosen charities particularly close to both our hearts, which we are determined to raise much money as we can to support.
“The Sunderland and North Durham Society for the Blind have recently taken over the sensory register which helps determine how visually impaired people’s needs are met, while among their recent achievements Hope Spring opened a Mother and Baby Unit and plan to open a school in the city for young people with complex needs.
“The NCSPCC Childline Service is also dependent on charitable donations if it is to continue helping children in this area. All our Mayoral Charities do so much to help people out in the community, and need our help to keeping doing so.”
Taking over the ceremonial chains of office for the year ahead Cllr Scanlan also paid tribute to her predecessors, adding: “We’d both like to thank Councillor MacKnight and her Mayoral Consort Keith MacKnight for their support while we were Deputies.
“They have both done a wonderful job promoting our city and I hope we’ll be able to carry on their good work.”
The outgoing Mayor, Cllr MacKnight said: “We both wish our new Mayor and her Mayoral Consort the best of luck, and I’m sure Lynda and Michael will do a wonderful job.
“Myself and Keith have had a fantastic time during our term of office, met lots of interesting people and made lots of new friends.
“The Mayoral role is one as ambassador for the city and the region, and our highlights include helping to celebrate our city’s close link with the military particularly the 4th Field Regiment and HMS Ocean. We were honoured to join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at the decommissioning ceremony for our adopted ship, and to represent the city as HMS Ocean was withdrawn from active service after serving this country with such distinction all over the world.”
Councillor McKnight added: “I’d like to thank to everyone for helping to raise more than £14,000 for my Mayoral charities (the Phoenix Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Castletown Scouts, Alzheimer’s Society), and of course my ward councillor colleagues Cllr Denny Wilson and Cllr Stephen Foster for their support during my term of office.
“One thing l’ll always, also remember, is meeting a blind navy veteran who was in the crowds when HMS Ocean docked on her last official visit to Sunderland. We got talking, and I mentioned him to the Captain who invited him aboard as a special guest of honour.
“It meant such a lot to him, and I was humbled to be able to have played my part as Mayor in providing him with that opportunity.”