It’s been a busy life over the years for the Leeds Mayors and Mayoresses.
In 1958 Mayoress Mary Pearce joined the Mayor of nearby Bradford when they saw Leeds Head Post Office become the first provincial auto switch exchange in the country.
When Leeds United won the Fairs Cup in 1968 Mayor John Rafferty improvised with one of his crutches when he conducted the celebratory singing outside the Civic Hall.
Twenty six years later schoolgirl Charlene Maloney was fascinated by the chain worn by Christiana Myers when she visited the Windmill Primary School.
In November 1942 Miss J. B. Kitson broke with traditional by not only becoming Leeds’ first woman Mayor but also by wearing a hat of her own choice at Civic Sunday. Amid all the ceremony and public service there was always time for our Mayors and Mayoresses to let their hair down and in 1958 Civic heads Joseph Hiley and his wife donned Edwardian costume for a dress rehearsal of “The Good Old Days” before it was broadcast by the BBC from the City Varieties.