01 July 2020
New Tamworth mayor Rosemary Claymore has begun her ‘virtual’ year in office by pledging support to businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus crisis.
The mayor – who will be supported by her sister, Mrs Maureen Wood, and newly-appointed deputy mayor Cllr Michael Oates – took up office during an online council meeting.
Cllr Claymore admitted that her tenure as mayor was likely to be an unusual one and said: “This mayoral year, it will be like no other year of mayoral duties due to the current Covid-19 situation.
“I believe that community is the backbone of everything and in my year as mayor I want to promote how vital our community is to us all.
“I would also like to let people know that I would be honoured to visit any local business (while social distancing) or attend any virtual events.
“Please contact me as I would love to hear how you have been coping and what I can do to support you.”
The new mayor is also keen to launch another knitting project, similar to the ‘CommuKnitty’ project that took place last year which brightened up Tamworth’s open spaces by inviting people to ‘button up the bark’ of local trees with a knitted ‘tree cosy’, or to knit a ‘forget-me-not’ flower – the Alzheimer’s Society logo - to help Tamworth become even more dementia friendly.
The new knitting project will be for people of all ages and abilities, and its aim will be to get people to celebrate community and brighter days, by knitting a rainbow that will either be displayed around the town, or given to individuals to show how our strength and community spirit has united local residents.
Pictured: New mayor Cllr Claymore (left)