Long-serving Mary is new ceremonial mayor of Hartlepool

Coun Mary Fleet who takes over the role of ceremonial mayor from Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher
Coun Mary Fleet who takes over the role of ceremonial mayor from Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher

A veteran councillor has told of her pride and honour after being chosen as the new ceremonial mayor of Hartlepool.

Labour councillor Mary Fleet, who has been on the council for 20 years, was selected by fellow councillors at the annual meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council last night.

I’m looking forward to supporting various charities and supporting the people as much as possible

Coun Fleet

Coun Fleet, who has served as deputy mayor for the last year, takes over the role from fellow Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher who held the position since 2013.

“I’m really very pleased and proud to have been nominated and selected,” she said. “I feel very honoured. I’m looking forward to supporting various charities and supporting the people as much as possible.”

Coun Fleet said that despite her long service on the council, she still has the energy for the prestigious position, which includes chairing full council meetings and representing the council at numerous events.

She added: “I worked hard last year as deputy, which included standing in for the mayor on occasions so I know the work that the role entails. I will be a people’s person. The whole aim of being on the council in the first place was to support and work for the people.”

Within the council, Coun Fleet has served on the Children’s Services and Licensing committees and is a member of its Corporate Forum and North and Coastal Neighbourhood Forum.

Outside the local authority, she represents the council on several bodies including the School Admissions Forum, is a nominated trustee of the Henry Smith Educational and Non-Educational Charity.