After having been voted Mayor by fellow town councillors at the Annual Meeting of the Council in June 2020, the St Ives Town Mayor for 2020/2021 is Councillor Tony Harris and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Kirsty Arthur.
The Mayor is responsible for chairing meetings of the full council, and in the case of St Ives Town Council both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are voting members of all committees, ensuring that they have a good understanding of the work of the whole of the council.
The Mayor is the civic lead of the Council, representing the town council at numerous events and functions throughout the year, along with her duties as a town councillor.
To invite the Mayor to an event, contact the town council offices.
The role of the Mayor of St Ives has a strong tradition, marked by the civic regalia which includes the Mayoral Chain, Maces and the Loving Cup. Another tradition is for the Mayor of St Ives to always be addressed as ‘Mister Mayor’ – whether a man or a woman.
The annual Mayor Choosing Ceremony is followed by a parade through the town to the Parish Church for the Hext Sermon. In the afternoon of the day of the Mayor Choosing, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor follow the tradition of inviting the children of the parish (Lelant, Carbis Bay, Halsetown and St Ives) to visit the Guildhall where they are offered a saffron bun and a drink from the Loving Cup.