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Edition No. 202

Date:- 22 May 2005

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New Mayor is proud to take up chains

IT was a special day for Cllr Hans Mundry this Thursday, as he became the 122nd Mayor of Warrington. Cllr Mundry was formally elected as Mayor during the Annual Meeting of the Council, held for the first time at the Parr Hall, and his wife Karen, Councillor for Poulton South, took on the role of Mayoress. Cllr Linda Dirir took on the role of Deputy Mayor, and her husband Alan will be her Consort. 

Among the guests were family and friends, children from schools in the borough and representatives from Warrington's twin town, Hilden, Germany, Burgermeister Herr Gunter Scheib, Deputy Burgermeister Norbert Schreier, Chairman of the Twinning Committee Frau Annabela Barata and Herr Roland Becker.

Cllr Mundry has been a borough councillor for ten years and represents Latchford East. He said:- "I was born and bred in Warrington and so feel very honoured to be representing the borough as Mayor and carrying on the hard work of my predecessors. There are so many good things going on in Warrington and people are working hard to promote all sorts of initiatives and events. I am therefore looking forward to joining people throughout the year to celebrate their fantastic achievements."

For his year in office, Cllr Mundry's chosen charities are the Butterfly Project, which provides emotional and practical support to children with terminal illnesses and their families, and Home-Start, which offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities. The theme for his year in office is 'caring for families'. 


Cllr Hans Mundry - Mayor of Warrington Cllr Mundry was born and bred in Warrington, having lived in Orford and his current home in Latchford.

He attended Orford Secondary Modern and as a keen sportsman had trials with Warrington Wolves when Alex Murphy was coach.

In 1979 he joined the Council and worked in the Highways Department until 1992. Although he had to leave due to health reasons this has not stopped him from being very active within the community.

He is a member of 17 voluntary groups including the Credit Union, Home-Start and Sure Start. His community work is his passion and has completed an A-level in Government and Politics and has become a qualified Youth and Community Worker and completed his five year diploma at the University of Manchester.

Cllr Mundry has been the executive board member for housing and in this role played an important part in the Anson and Blenheim project and the creation of Golden Gates Housing, the Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO).

His family history has deep roots in Warrington with 5 generations, past and present, living in Latchford.

Cllr Mundry has one son, two daughters and two grandsons and all of them are very proud of him becoming Mayor.

His family history also has a European connection as his father was born in Poland and lived in Germany before moving to Warrington in the 1940's.

21 May to 11 September 2005 

TERRY O'Neill:- Celebrity is a glamorous photography exhibition consisting of forty-three stunning portraits of the most famous faces from the last four decades.

The exhibition, curated by the National Portrait Gallery and shown for the first time outside London includes portraits of musicians, models, royalty and an array of Hollywood stars new and old.

You are invited to send a photographer and a reporter to the press preview at 11.00am Friday 20 May 2005 at the Walker. Terry O'Neill will be available for interview.

O'Neill prodigiously chronicled the swinging sixties' most infamous characters and, alongside other young photographers of the time such as David Bailey, contributed to London's status as a centre of fashion and culture.

The exhibition reflects O'Neill's long and varied career, including portraits of the Beatles, Bridget Bardot and Audrey Hepburn as well as modern day icons such as David Bowie and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Myra Brown, senior exhibitions officer says:- "Terry O'Neill's photographs perfectly capture the essence of 'celebrity' from the glamorous portraits in which the subject takes centre stage to much more wistful and intimate moments when you can catch an intriguing glimpse of the off-stage personality. We are delighted to be working with the National Portrait Gallery, London in bringing this stylish exhibition to the North West."

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition, supported by Deloitte, the National Portrait Gallery's Contemporary Photography Displays Partner. 

Address:- The Walker William Brown Street, Liverpool
Admission:- FREE 
Open:- 10am-5pm every day 
Information:- 0151 478 4199 


SCOTT Rewcastle, a microbiologist from Liverpool, is encouraging local cyclists to get on their bikes and take part in the Paris to London Bike Ride to raise much needed funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC). Scott decided to take up the challenge not only because it offers a physical test but because GOSH is such a worthwhile cause.

The Cycling Challenge will take place between 23 July 2005 to 28 July 2005. Participants will pedal back to London from Paris over 4 days having experienced the breathtaking climax of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees, and having taken in some of France's most stunning scenery. 

The event aims to raise £10,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, and in doing so will add to the £20 million that GOSHCC needs to raise in order to keep the hospital at the forefront of paediatric care.

Participants must pay a £100 registration fee and then raise £900 for the charity. The closing date for the event is 24 June 2005 so get pedalling! To register log on to

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