Councillor June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster
Councillor June Ashworth was elected Mayor of the City of Lancaster in May 2013 at a ceremony at Lancaster Town Hall. Councillor Ashworth was first elected to the Bare Ward in Morecambe in 1991. In a break from tradition the Mayor wishes to be known as "Madam Mayor" during her year in office.
The Mayor is being supported by her daughter Alex as Mayoress, and by Councillor David and Mrs Paula Kerr as Deputy Mayor and Mayoress. The Mayor's priority is to engage with as many organisations and citizens within the Lancaster district as possible and to be an ambassador in encouring tourism and investment into the area.
The Mayor has chosen to donate any money raised during her Mayoral year to two charities, the RNLI Morecambe and the North West Air Ambulance.
The Mayor is the first citizen of the district and within the council first among equals.
The Mayor is a non-political symbol of the local authority, a symbol of open society and equality and an expression of social cohesion.