Cllr Brian Parnell at the log sawing ceremony to mark the opening of Southampton's IKEA store
Wednesday was the annual Mayor Making ceremony in the Guildhall and I had the chance to formally and publicly thank my fellow Freemantle Ward Councillor Brian Parnell for the great job that he has done over the past year as Mayor. Brian carried out over 600 civic duties with his typical enthusiasm and good humour. His wife Mary was a great support throughout the year and showed great fortitude, being at Brian's side for most of his engagements.
As Mayor Brian had a varied year, opening new businesses in the city ranging from a milkshake parlour in WestQuay to the new £79m IKEA store. He supported all the city's excellent voluntary and community groups and his official charities were Dreamwall and Street Pastors.
The height of the Mayoral year though was surely being the city's representative at the Olympic sailing events in Quingdao, Southampton's sister city in China.