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The Worshipful Town Mayor of Hythe

How to invite the Mayor to your event

The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations and should you wish to invite the Mayor please send an invitation in writing to:

The Council Offices, Oaklands, Stade Street, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6BG

Or by email to:

Terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

Town Sergeant and Town Mayor’s Secretary

Due to demand, it may not always be possible to attend every event and it is recommended to give as much notice as possible.

However, if the Mayor is available, you will be contacted in time for your event.

If you have any questions, please email Terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

How to greet the Mayor

When greeting the Town Mayor, Councillor Jim Martin, it is correct to address him as ‘Mr Mayor’ – for example:

“Good evening Mr Mayor”

In a speech the Town Mayor should be addressed as:

‘The Right Worshipful Town Mayor of Hythe, Councillor Jim Martin’

Role and Powers of a Mayor

The word “Mayor” derives from the same Latin word “Magnus”, meaning great. The Office of the Mayor, together with the Doomesday Book and the feudal system were brought to this country by the Normans, as such an office had existed on the continent at least since the 5th Century. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London, appointed in 1189 by Richard I.

The Mayor of the Hythe Town Council is elected annually by the Council from among the elected Councillors. By statute, the election of the Mayor must be the first business transacted at the Annual Statutory Meeting. The Mayor continues their term of Office, unless they resign or becomes disqualified, until their successor becomes entitled to act as Mayor.

The Mayor is also the Chairman at Council Meetings, and one of the primary functions is to preside over meetings of the Council. If they are not present at any meeting of the Council, then the Deputy Mayor has to preside. The Mayor must have a full knowledge of the provisions of standing orders but they can normally consult the Town Clerk. The Mayor’s decision on the interpretation of standing orders and on any questions not provided for is final. The ruling of the Mayor on a point of order or on a personal explanation is not open to discussion.