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Celebrating Inclusivity in Civic Parade

Congleton Town Mayor’s Civic Service and Parade took place on Sunday 2 June 2024, marking the beginning of the mayoral year. The annual event evolved this year to embrace the theme of ‘Inclusion’ recognising all individuals, community groups and organisations who contribute to the vibrant life of Congleton.

The lively procession led by The Beartown Stompers departed from Antrobus Street Car Park making its way to the Town Hall for the civic service. The pedestrian area and High Street were lined with enthusiastic residents who waved and cheered the 200 strong colourful parade as it passed by. The procession featured civic dignitaries, neighbouring town mayors, town councillors, clubs, community groups, and members of the public, culminating with the town mayor and her civic team.

The new Town Mayor, Cllr Kay Wesley said: “For me, this event was a celebration of the new civic year and all the wonderful contributions that make Congleton special. That’s why we extended invitations to charities and various community members alongside the uniformed groups and churches to participate in both the parade and the service. It was heartwarming to see the community unite, filled with all the incredible people working together for the betterment of our town.”

The service, conducted by celebrant Jill Young featured readings from individuals and included beautiful music and songs, aiming to inspire everyone in attendance. A moment of reflection was also incorporated, ensuring the event resonated personally with each participant.

The town mayor said: “I was profoundly touched by the personal and special nature of the service. Thank you to all the speakers and performers for being such an important part of the special day. Sorry there are too many to mention individually! The heartwarming readings, songs and poems were diverse and significant to the congregation in many ways. The Congleton Choral Society delivered a harmonious performance directed by experienced freelance conductor Tom Newall.”

“I am deeply thankful to all the residents, groups, dignitaries, and my friends and family for the incredible turnout on the parade and a packed town hall. Special thanks to the hi-vis volunteers for ensuring the parade’s safe route through town.”

The town mayor has hit the ground running attending several events including Congleton War Memorial Hospital’s momentous 100th Birthday celebrations and supporting local talent at Daneside Theatre to name just a few. To invite the mayor to your special event or community occasion email: mayor@congleton-tc.gov.uk