Hundreds gather for Shrewsbury mayor’s parade

Hundreds of people gathered in Shrewsbury to watch the new mayor lead a parade through the town before being officially sworn in at a civic service.

The march, in honour of Jon Tandy, started from the castle yesterday morning and finished at St Chad’s Church.

The procession, which included civic dignitaries and hundreds of youngsters, paraded through Castle Street, Pride Hill, Shoplatch, Bellstone, St John’s Hill and St Chad’s Terrace, led by the band 1119 (Shrewsbury) Squadron Air Training Corps.

Shrewsbury Mayor Jon Tandy and Mayoress Diane Tandy
Shrewsbury Mayor Jon Tandy and Mayoress Diane Tandy

Young and old alike applauded as the procession made its way through the streets.

Councillor Tandy took on the office at a mayor-making ceremony at Theatre Severn on Tuesday, with the service and parade yesterday officially confirming his role.

Councillor Tandy said: “It was a fantastic day. I am just so glad the weather was good and we were able to get such a good turnout.  I reckon there must have been more than 300 there and to see so many there, particularly young people, was very humbling.

“I have watched the mayor being sworn in for a good number of years now, so to be doing it myself is amazing. I had a lot of familiar faces there cheering me on, friends, family and even people from my ward, so it all made for a day I will never forget. I am proud to be the mayor of Shrewsbury.”

After the service the traditional Loving Cup ceremony took place, at which the Mayor was invited to drink from the Loving Cup and toast the Queen and town. The congregation was invited to share the toast.

Following the ceremony all guests were invited to join the Mayor and Mayoress for coffee and biscuits at St Chad’s Church Hall.