Mayor of Richmond’s final St George’s Day ball raises over £5000 for charity


Councillor Rita Palmer is coming to the end of her term as Mayor.


By SWLondoner staff

The Mayor of Richmond said her goodbyes at a charity event which raised £5,500 last weekend.

Councillor Rita Palmer, who is coming to the end of her term as Mayor, hosted a charity ball at York House to raise money for The Poppy Factory and House Rangers Association.

Attendees included Mayors from eleven neighbouring boroughs as well as the Deputy Mayor of Fontainebleau, Richmond’s twin town.

“My St George’s Day Ball was a fabulous event to bring together my fellow Mayors, the Deputy Mayor from Fountainebleau and all the other people who bought tickets,” said Cllr Palmer.

“I would like to thank everyone for their generosity and I hope that all enjoyed the evening as much as me.”

Entertainment included a fanfare by the Boys Brigade, a Guard of Honour by 267 Twickenham ATC and a performance by the Chapel Royal Choir. Attendees took part in a charity auction before dancing the night away to the Jon Bennett Big Band.

The new Mayor of Richmond was last week announced as Councillor Meena Bond, the Deputy Mayor in 2011/12 and a borough resident since 1971.

Cllr Bond established the popular after schools craft club ‘Crafty Kids’ and is involved with a number of charities.

“I am honoured to be the borough’s 48th Mayor,” she said.

“I have lived in this area nearly all my life and I truly feel blessed to live here.”

She will be formally invested as the Mayor at the Full Council meeting on May 21, where she will announce her Deputy Mayor as well as her chosen charities for the year ahead.

Photo courtesy of BritishForcesNews via YouTube, with thanks.

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