Newcastle will welcome its new Lord Mayor at special ceremony which will be taking place at the Civic Centre this week.
Cllr Jackie Slesenger who represents West Gosforth will become the Lord Mayor of Newcastle before the City Council’s annual meeting on Wednesday, 23 May at 2pm.
The incoming Lord Mayor has chosen to support St Oswald’s Hospice and the Rainbow Trust as her official charities during her civic year.
Married to fellow councillor for East Gosforth David Slesenger, the new Lord Mayor has two children, a son and daughter who will become the new Lady Mayoress at the ceremony.
Originally from London Cllr Slesenger grew up and was educated in Liverpool before moving to Cheam, Surrey.
She studied journalism and has worked for the Nursing Times and continues to have an interest in health.
Cllr Slesenger has been a city councillor for nine years and in 2005 was the Lady Mayoress when her husband David was sworn in as Lord Mayor himself.
The new Lord Mayor will take over from Cllr Geoff O’Brien.
Before becoming Lord Mayor, Cllr Slesenger said: “I am honoured to be the next
Lord Mayor of Newcastle and it will be my privilege to represent the people of this city. I am also excited and am looking forward to this exciting challenge especially during this busy year. As I take on this new role I would like to thank Cllr O’Brien for his service to the people of Newcastle and wish him well.”
During her civic year Cllr Slesenger will be supported by Walker representative Cllr Margaret Wood who will be sworn in as the Sheriff of Newcastle at Wednesday’s ceremony.
The new Lord Mayor will lead councillors to a special church service at St Thomas the Martyr at 3.45pm.
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