Farewell to Preston Mayor after a ‘fantastic’ year

Service at Preston Minster for the outgoing Mayor of Preston, Coun Margaret McManus, 15 May 2016 Picture by Martin Cassell

Service at Preston Minster for the outgoing Mayor of Preston, Coun Margaret McManus, 15 May 2016 Picture by Martin Cassell

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The outgoing Mayor of Preston, Coun Margaret McManus, has celebrated a “fantastic” year in civic office at a special service.

A ceremony was held at Preston Minster, and Coun McManus described her year as mayor as “the biggest privilege anyone could have”.

She said: “I was born in Preston, I went to school in Preston, I’ve worked in Preston, my children are Prestonian.

“To represent where we live, where we were born, is absolutely fantastic. It’s an honour and a privilege.”

She said highlights of her year as mayor included a march from the King’s Royal Hussars to mark their 300th anniversary, visits to St Catherine’s Hospice, and seeing the work of Caritas Care.

She said: “I enjoyed school and college visits – I’ve met children at primary school and I’ve met UCLan students.

“It’s been fantastic and I wish John (Collins) all the best.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”