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Councillor Mrs J. Rhodes JP

2005-06 - read about her year.

Councillor Mrs J. Rhodes JP

Looking back on my year it was all highlights with no downsides. As my husband died 10 years before I asked my great friend Alice Enskat to be my Mayoress.

Imagine being driven round the borough in a chauffeur driven car and meeting so many wonderful people doing great things in and for the borough. Everyone was pleased to see us and gave us early lunch or at the next meeting had waited lunch until we came.

If I was wearing robes then the Mayor's officer, Patrick, was always on hand to make sure I had the chain on straight and the lace collar in the centre.

Awarding Citizenship to residents was a real pleasure. They were so happy to receive their certificate and I will always remember one family that had all had white suits made for the occasion (even the baby).

Visiting all the primary schools and most of the secondary schools was really exciting; we never knew what to expect. It could be an assembly, a concert, a play, prize giving or attending some lessons.

Two special highlights revolved around transport: first was delivering a windsock to Harefield Hospital in a helicopter, courtesy of RAF Northolt. I worked at Harefield for 13 years but I have never got to work so quickly.

Second was being pillion passenger on a Harley Davidson after the HD Rally and Fete. The only difficulty was my rather straight skirt, but I did borrow a leather jacket and helmet so the flash of knees could be forgiven.

Induction of vicars, visiting factories, attending carol concerts, opening new shops, it was all exiting and fun as well. I opened a funeral parlour, a church, a tattoo parlour, a mobile library and a few other shops as well.

We both loved every minute of our year despite having to get up at 6am to see off sponsored bike riders and then stay out 'til midnight because an event over ran.

Last week at the checkout in a local food store a stranger said to me: "I will always remember you dancing down the high street at BigFest, you looked as though you were really enjoying yourself." I was, and I would do it all again, wouldn't you?

Jill Rhodes
April 2012

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