Local Children Take Over Civic Duties


Pupils from a Bootle primary school recently took the chance to find out about local history and step into the shoes of the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode.

As part of a drive to support the local history curriculum in Sefton schools, Sefton Council’s Mayoral Services are opening Bootle and Southport Town Halls to local schools so they can learn about democracy and how key decisions that affect their lives are made at a local level.

All Saints Primary in Bootle was the first school to be involved in these new interactive tours, as children took part in the Mayoral quiz and were shown around the Mayor’s parlour. Here they learned about the role of the Mayor, about the civic buildings and the significance of the chains of office.

Children also had their photographs taken wearing the Mayoral robes, held the mace and oar of admiralty and found out about its importance to local history.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode, said: “I am privileged to have the role of Mayor. It is also privilege to be able to share the inner workings of local democracy at Sefton Council with local children in a way that is fun and engaging for me too.

“It was wonderful to answer lots of different questions from very bright minds, many of which were unexpected. They were a credit to their school and I am hopeful of meeting many more like them.”

Shaun Pimblett, from Sefton Council’s Mayoral Services, added: “There have always been Mayoral tours for schools, but we felt we needed to modernise and re-vamp the tours to make them more fun for pupils. We want to extend the tours to all schools in Sefton and welcome enquiries from all schools covering local history in their curriculum.”

Schools can find out more by contacting Sefton Council’s Mayoral Services by email:[email protected]


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