PULLING together and looking forward will help Solihull through recession – that’s the message from the new Mayor and Mayoress.
On Tuesday evening, Coun Norman Davies and his wife Brenda were inaugurated as the civic couple.
The Solihull News met with the pair the next morning, to talk about their hopes and plans for what is bound to be a very busy year of office.
“So many organisations are suffering as a consequence of these tough times,” said Coun Davies.
“I think it’s important we pool resources and collaborate more closely together.
“I think in times like this there is a touch of wartime spirit and people work together – that’s certainly not a bad thing.”
Over the next 12 months, the Mayoress and Mayoress are hoping to highlight the work carried out by organisations like SUSTAiN and the voluntary sector as a whole.
It will be quite a departure for Coun Davies, who has been an Olton councillor since the 1990s and headed up the Lib Dem group since 2005.
Now he’s looking forward to a different challenge and he said he has been overwhelmed by the messages of support he has received from across the parties: “I have had lots of advice from past mayors, which has been very nice.
“This is a unique role and I think there’s lots of little things that we’ll learn along the way.
“Everybody tells me the things that stick inside your mind are not going to the airport to meet the royals or things like that. Actually it’s the things that are going on everyday around Solihull – and you didn’t even know about – which you’re not going to forget.”