Cllr June Burns has returned to her role as Mayor of Sefton for her hat-trick term.
Cllr Burns, from Maghull, has been a Labour councillor for Park Ward since May 2014.
She previously served as Mayor of Sefton during the Covid pandemic, in 2019/20 and 2020/21 and is delighted to return to the role.
She was voted into the role by a unanimous vote of Sefton councillors.
The politician is following in the footsteps of former Mayor Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, who was praised for the fantastic job she did over the past two years.
One of Cllr Carragher’s final engagements was representing Sefton at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
At the meeting, she said: “You’ll have to excuse me. I’ve been at Eurovision and lost my voice through singing!
“This role has shown off my superpower.
“As a neurodiverse person this shows us all that we have the ability and strength to do anything and everything we set our mind to.”
Cllr Carragher presented the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards at The Grand in Southport, was appointed President of the Southport Royal British Legion, hosted royal visits, raised tens of thousands of pounds through the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund, supported children in need through the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, and attended hundreds of events over the past two years.
It was a momentous time in history with Cllr Carragher Councillor Carragher leading the tributes from Sefton for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and then the tributes following her death.
She also read the Proclamation to announce the reign of King Charles III.
At a meeting to hand over the reigns, Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher placed on record the local authority’s “appreciation of the ability, courtesy and impartiality, shown by Councillor Clare Louise Carragher in her capacity as Mayor of the Borough and Chair of the meetings of the Council, during the Municipal Years 2021/22 and 2022/23, and for her attendance at many civic and public functions, both inside and outside of the borough”.
Cllr Mayor added: “Sefton Council also desires to extend its thanks to both Mrs Audrey Stanson and Mr Jason Carragher for their support and encouragement given to the Mayor.
“The Council wishes to record its appreciation of the excellent effort and involvement by Councillor Carragher and both Mrs Audrey Stanson and Mr Jason Carragher, in connection with the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.
“The Council further desires to extend its sincere thanks to Councillor Carragher and both Mrs Stanson and Mr Carragher for the hospitality extended to Royal Visits, Overseas Visitors and Civic Dignitaries hosted by this borough.”
A copy of the Resolutions made at the meeting was presented to Councillor Carragher.
The outgoing Mayor was then presented with a framed copy of the Vote of Thanks as a token of Sefton Council’s appreciation of the manner in which she and both Mrs Stanson and Mr Carragher had undertaken their duties in the Office of Mayor during the past 24 months.
Councillor Carragher responded to the Vote of Thanks and expressed her appreciation to her Mayoress, Mrs Stanson, Consort, Mr Carragher, the various organisations she had visited and the members of the public she had met and the Council officers who had supported her during her Term of Office.
Councillor Carragher also referred to some of the highlights of her Term of Office which included meeting the then Princess of Wales and now Queen Camilla and the Princess Royal, the late Queen’s Platinum Anniversary Celebrations, reading the Proclamations following the succession of King Charles III, the Freedom of the Borough events for local NHS organisations and attending the Eurovision Song Contest Final.