Civic Service marks the start of the new Mayoral Year
Sunday morning shoppers and town centre visitors were treated to a colourful display as a civic procession made its way from the Guildhall towards All Saints Church for this year's Civic Service.
The procession which included Kingston’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, High Steward, Honorary Recorder, and a host of other dignitaries, was led for the first time by the borough’s new Tipstaff, Mr Michael Seigel.
Inside the church, Reverend Jonathan Wilkes who conducted the service said:
“ We have come here today to mark the beginning of the year in office for our new Mayor, Councillor Thay Thayalan. We are here to pray for him and to give thanks for the service that he will offer.”
Blessings in Judaism, Baha’i, Islam and Hinduism followed from Kingston’s inter-faith forum and an address was given by the Bishop of Kingston, Rt Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham.
Mayor Thayalan responded with an Act of Commitment. He invited the congregation to join him in stating their determination to build a community of respect, tolerance, courtesy and love so that all in our borough may flourish.