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Mayor recognises frontline workers at special civic service in Twickenham

7 October 2021

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Geoff Acton, recognised the work of local frontline workers for their service throughout the pandemic at a special ceremony at York House last Sunday 3 October.  

The service was organised to mark the Mayor’s year of service in the role and the amazing fundraising effort that has been seen throughout the year through the Mayor’s events to help support this year’s Mayor’s charities, Habitats & Heritage and A Dose of Nature. The service recognised the people who helped others during the pandemic and was accompanied with candle lit in honour of those lost during the pandemic. 

There were readings from Councillor Gareth Roberts, The Leader of Richmond Council, Gillian Norton, Chair of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Richmond upon Thames, as well as an address from Professor Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science at Kew Gardens, that focused on biodiversity and sustainability.  

There were special musical performances from The Richmond Music Trust, children from Archdeacon Cambridge’s Primary School Junior Choir, Alex Driver and Clarinda Chan and Alex Turner. The service was followed by a reception for all attendees at York House in Twickenham.  

Cllr Geoff Acton, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said: 

“It was great to finally hold our Civic Service and recognise many of those front-line services who attended and worked tirelessly during the pandemic. Thank you to the young people from Richmond Music Trust, Archdeacon Cambridge’s Primary School and Alex Turner who performed music and song brilliantly.  

“We had an insightful address from Professor Alex Antonelli from Kew Gardens that focused on our main environmental themes, in particular biodiversity and sustainability.  

“The sunny weather also meant we could all gather on the Terrace afterwards and enjoy meeting many people we have not seen for some time.” 

Find out more about this year’s Mayor’s charity events and this year’s Mayor’s charities, Habitats & Heritage and A Dose of Nature.

See the full gallery of photographs from the event.

Left – Right: John Nicholson, Deputy Mayor Cllr Suzette Nicholson, The Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Bishnu Gurung, The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames Cllr Geoff Acton, Mayoress Eileen McManus, Munira Wilson MP, Sarah Olney MP, Gillian Norton

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Updated: 7 October 2021