Mayor’s column: Let’s all be proud of Mansfield

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Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton on on why the town has much to celebrate...

I hope that last Wednesday “Saint George’s Day” will have sent a message to lots of people right across the district.

That message is about being proud of what we are and celebrating success which can be both inspirational and aspirational in moving us all forward in our everyday life.

Success comes in all shapes and sizes, but I will start with sport and it’s great news that our Nova Centurion Swim Stars, Olli Hind and Charlotte Henshaw have been selected for the Great Britain Team. They both endured a gruelling April program in their attempts to secure places in their respective events for the forthcoming International and Major games taking place this summer.

The Commonwealth trials took place in Glasgow, between April 18th and 21st and they both excelled and will represent Great Britain in the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven – Holland in August this year.

Sticking with the sporting theme but changing to motorbikes, the world side car champions of 2009, Ben and Tom Birchall won the first round of the world championship in Aragon, Spain earlier this month and the second round is on home territory in Donnington Park, 24th and 26th May. Saturday the 24th is the qualifying with the big race at 3pm on Sunday 25th - so for those that enjoy the sport, go along and cheer on our prospective 2014 World Champions.

There is a little complication however, as they are defending their Isle of Man TT title on another outfit immediately after the Donnington Park race, but I am sure the team will cope!

Whilst on the subject of Mansfield’s World Champions, congratulations go to the Senior Choir of Cantamus, who recently took prizes in the final of the Riva Del Garda International Choral Festival.

The new team at Cantamus under the directorship of Ann Irons and her assistant Elaine Guy, accompanist Michael Neaum and the party of helpers and parents continues to be an inspiration for our young girls.

Pamela Cook would have been extremely proud of the team that she created and we all hope that they will continue to perform well on the international stage representing Mansfield.

Whilst talking about Pamela Cook, I have been privileged to have worked with Paul Bacon and Stewart Rickersey from Mansfield Rotary Club and Christine Smith as a long-time supporter of Cantamus in raising money for a bronze bust to be placed alongside John Ogden at the Palace Theatre.

The money has been raised from the followers of Cantamus and we are now arranging the unveiling concert at the Palace Theatre, so thanks to all of you that donated and we will be giving final details of the concert shortly.

Whilst talking about the achievement of our women in the District you may be interested in looking at the Women Who Do program and indeed the recent success of Linda Murray.

Linda attended the launch event of the program in June 2013 and is still constantly growing the business so any enterprising women wanting more information on Women in Enterprise Scheme should call 01623 463165 or view the online brochure.

So my message is “Let’s be Positive” and work together to talk Mansfield up and not only be proud to be British but be proud to be Mansfielders - and well done to the

Stags for retaining our football league status.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are you proud to say you come from Mansfield? What other local success should we be shouting about? What needs to change to make the town better?

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