Wirral's Mayor chooses the tunes

The Mayor of Wirral Cllr Geoffrey Watt and his wife Anne with Ian and HelenThe Mayor of Wirral has paid a special visit to Radio Clatterbridge to tell listeners about the first half of his year in office.

Cllr Geoffrey Watt and his wife Anne, the Mayoress, came into the studio to share some of their highlights and play some of their favourite music.

The Mayor explained how he was chosen for the role after over 18 years of service on Wirral Council.

The couple told Coffee Club presenters Ian Grant and Helen Sestan how days off are rare in their busy schedule.

In July, they were whisked between five engagements in just one day but they said they have enjoyed every moment so far.

One of the highlights has been celebrating with Tranmere Rovers FC as they returned to League Two in May.

The pair got to hold the trophy on the balcony at Birkenhead Town Hall, while striker James Norwood even asked to try on the mayoress’s chain!

Cllr Watts, a past commodore of Hoylake Sailing Club, also thoroughly enjoyed going out with the RNLI - one of his nominated charities for the year.

“That was an experience! It was absolutely brilliant at the helm of Hoylake Lifeboat doing 30 knots up the Hilbre swash. Brilliant!” - Cllr Geoffrey Watt

The Mayor takes to the helm of the lifeboat (Credit: Hoylake RNLI)

The Mayoress said her highlight was shaking hands with Sir David Attenborough.

The broadcaster and naturalist was at Cammell Laird’s shipyard during the launch of a research vessel named after him.

“To see the hull go into the Mersey, to hear Sir David Attenborough speak so passionately about what he believes in, it was a glorious summer day.” - Anne Watt

The couple also took part in the Wilfred Owen commemorations - one hundred years since the poet’s death just a week before the end of the First World War.

And they revealed how the fire brigade had to come to the rescue just days before Remembrance Day because the old Union Flag was stuck at the top of the town hall!

  • The Mayor is hosting a concert featuring music from the First World War to present day to raise money for his charities. Then and Now will also have a wartime menu produced by Wirral Metropolitan College catering students. The event takes place at Wallasey Town Hall at 6.30pm on Friday 30th November 2018.

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