We’re delighted to welcome back Cllr Caroline Makinson as the Mayor of Barnsley for 2021-22 as she officially reprised her role as mayor at the official Mayor Making ceremony held at yesterday’s Full Council meeting.
Cllr Makinson was originally welcomed as the mayor in October 2020 - instead of the traditional Mayor Making ceremony held in May due to restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the postponed start to the mayor’s year, and the impact that the pandemic had on her role during her time as mayor, Cllr Makinson has been warmly welcomed back to serve her full term for 2021-22.
The mayor will continue to be supported by her husband, Mr Barry Makinson who’ll take on the role of the Mayor’s Consort. Cllr Sarah Tattersall was also welcomed as Deputy Mayor for the year at the ceremony.
An important part of the mayor’s role is to raise vital funds for her chosen charities. Understandably, the pandemic had a huge impact on this, so the mayor will continue to support and raise money for local charities, TADS (Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress) and Beacon South Yorkshire. Cllr Makinson has also decided to continue with the theme – children and young people.
Cllr Makinson, said: “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue my role as Mayor of Barnsley for 2021-22. So far, my role as mayor has been a privilege and a challenge in equal measures. The pandemic has stopped me from attending functions, events, holding civic events and greatly impacted on fundraising opportunities for my charities.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to plan and deliver virtual events and activities, such as my virtual raffle and virtual coffee morning - but I can’t wait to be able to safely meet people face-to-face and get back out there into our communities. My chosen charities have taken a real knock throughout the pandemic, and I hope to help as much as possible through future fundraising activities – I hope I can do them proud.
“I am also continuing with my theme of children and young people. Despite the immense challenges and disruptions faced by our young people over the last year, they have shown incredible resilience and have really done us proud. They now deserve all the support we can offer them to achieve the best they can, grow and thrive.
“As restrictions lift, we can start rebuilding Barnsley and with our spirit and resilience, we will come back stronger than ever, and I can’t wait to be part of this.”