The Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Gunther, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire and is a Lancastrian through and through. She came to live in Bury almost thirty years ago when her husband Michael, a chemist, who will be her consort, took up a position with the McPherson Paint Company in Radcliffe.
The Mayor was employed for thirty years by Esso Petroleum, one of the largest companies in the world. After taking early retirement she worked on a series of temporary assignments with Rail Track, the Health Service and the Probation Service; thus gaining experience of both the private and public sectors.
Elected to Bury Council in 1992 as a Conservative Councillor representing the Ramsbottom Ward, she currently represents the North Manor Ward comprising Hawkshaw, Greenmount, Holcombe Brook, Summerseat, Walmersley, and Nangreaves following changes to ward boundaries as commissioned by the Boundaries Commission.
The Mayor has served as the Executive Member for Environment and Transport as well as having been a member of the Planning, Education, Social Service committees and is currently a member of Six Town Housing Board and a former chairman of Ramsbottom Tottington and North Manor Township Forum. She has also served on the Local Government Association Committee for Housing.
Since coming to live in this area she has been active in community activities having been chairman of Ramsbottom Sports Council and is currently the chairman of Ramsbottom Choral Society, Deputy Chairman of The Phoenix Club in Summerseat, president of Shuttleworth in Ramsbottom Women's Institute and a Trustee of Ramsbottom Aid in Sickness Fund. She is also a patron of Summerseat Players. She was one of the founder members of the Ramsbottom Music Festival which is now in its 25th year.
She is a Governor of The Derby High School and Holcombe Brook Primary School. Her spare time activities include baking, machine knitting, walking and reading.
The position of Mayor
The Mayor is the borough's First Citizen.
The office of Mayor is the highest honour the Council can bestow upon a Member and reflects a high level of public service and the esteem, respect and regard in which the holders are held.
The Mayor holds a position of precedence over all persons within the borough, except in the direct presence of Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family or Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant.
The role and duties of the Mayor, which are undertaken on behalf of the borough are varied and cover many aspects, but include:
- Acting as an ambassador for the borough
- Upholding civic pride
- Promoting the borough
- Encouraging and supporting local industry, business and commerce
- Supporting local charities and community groups
- Representing the Council at civic, social, cultural, charitable, religious / faith and many other wide ranging functions and events
- Chairing Council meetings
- Receiving official visitors
The Mayoral Charity Appeal 2017 - 2018
During their term of office the Mayor and the Consort have adopted Bury Hospice, The Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild and Bleakholt as the main beneficiaries of the Mayoral Charity Appeal, but other local charities may also receive support from the Appeal.
Bury Hospice offers nursing and medical care and support to people approaching the end of life and also to their families and friends.
The Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild is a team of community fundraising volunteers in and around Bury who devote their time to raising vital funds for the RNLI.
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary is committed to caring for dogs, cats, equine and farm animals and small pets. The aim is to find happy, loving homes for the dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals and those that cannot be re-homed will remain in care along with the equine and farm animals.
Throughout the mayoral year fundraising events will be held and all the proceeds from these occasions will be donated to the charitable causes.
Attendance of the Mayor and the Mayoress at functions
Enquiries are frequently received regarding the procedure to be adopted at functions which the Mayor and Consort are attending. With a view to enabling suitable arrangements to be made, the following information may be of assistance.
The correct description for the purpose of printing is 'The Worshipful the Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther' and when the Consort is also present 'The Worshipful the Mayor and Consort of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther and Mr. Michael Gunther'.
Method of address
Speakers should refer to the Mayor as 'Madam Mayor' and Consort as 'Consort'.
The Mayor and the Consort should be met immediately upon arrival and escorted, as soon as convenient, to the places reserved for them. If the Mayor and/or the Consort are asked to take part in a reception prior to the commencement of the function, then the organisers should vary the arrival time accordingly.
The Mayor shall have precedence over all persons within the borough except in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen or a Representative of Her Majesty. Accordingly, the place reserved for the Mayor should be on the immediate right of the chair or other person presiding. The Consort should be seated on the immediate right of the Mayor or on the left of the Chair or person presiding.
When the Consort is attending unaccompanied by the Mayor, his seat should be in the position as indicated for the Mayor.
If the Mayor and/or the Consort are to be asked to speak at any function, particulars should be furnished in advance.
Inviting the Mayor to attend events
The Mayor welcomes invitations from local organisations to attend events held within the borough or related to Bury.
The Mayor will endeavour to attend all events to which she is invited, but unfortunately, due to the high demand, this may not be possible.
A minimum of two weeks' notice of invitations to attend events is requested. Invitations should be submitted to the Mayor's Office.