On Wednesday Cllr Edwina Cooke was awarded the title of second best Mayor of the year by the Co-Operative Bank.
Councillor Edwina Cooke was Sheriff of Southampton in 2004-2005 and became the 783rd Mayor of Southampton in May 2005.
Edwina attended a staggering number of events in her mayoral year. In total she completed about 1000 functions on behalf of the city. Leaders of all political parties paid tribute to Edwina and congratulated her for her fantastic achievement.
Highlights of Edwina's mayoral year included awarding Freedom of the City to the Normandy Veterans and the Burma Star Association on VJ day, awarding Freedom of the City to the crew and officers of the world's most famous passenger liner the QE2, and riding a bucking bronco!
She was first elected to Southampton City Council in May 2002 as a Councillor for Shirley Ward. Her interests are Heritage, Housing, Conservation of the City Parks and Common, and supporting local shops and post offices. Edwina moved to Southampton in 1957 when her employer, Cunard, closed its offices in Liverpool. Whilst with Cunard she sailed on many of the great liners. Leaving Cunard to take become a self-employed Sub-Postmaster, Edwina worked at the Upper Shirley and Bitterne post offices. She became Regional President and then National President of the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters, and was the Federation's first woman President in its 97 year history.