June Stokes was elected as the city's first citizen at the
annual meeting of Peterborough City Council tonight (Wednesday 22
May 2013). Her daughter Karien Gait will take up the role of
Mohammed Nadeem and his wife Mrs Naheed Nadeem were named
Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress. The Mayor's Chaplain will be
Reverend Canon Malcolm Griffith from St Mary’s Parish Church, Orton
Councillor Stokes will fundraise during her year as Mayor for
Sue Ryder Care's Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal, Inspire Peterborough,
Parents United Group of Welland and Wednesday PHAB Club.
Councillor Stokes said: "I am delighted to have been elected
Mayor of Peterborough by my fellow councillors. In the past year as
Deputy Mayor, alongside my daughter Karien, I have enjoyed
attending many events and meeting lots of interesting people. We
are both looking forward to the coming year and meeting many new
faces and raising as much money as we can for my chosen
"One of my biggest priorities will be helping to improve the
health and wellbeing of all our residents, young and old. If you
are healthy and happy it will often lead to a better quality of
life and this is what I want to achieve for all of our
"I am really proud to say that I live in Peterborough and want
to do all I can to raise the reputation of this great city in my
year as Mayor."
June has two daughters, Karien, the Mayoress, and Mia along with
three grandchildren, Steffan, Gina and Alec.
June was born at Woodbastwick in Norfolk and is the eldest of
six children. She moved to London with her family aged seven and
attended The Borough Paragon School in South East London and later
Pitman’s College in Southampton Row.
Before her marriage June worked for a patents agent and in
advertising. She moved to Chatteris after marrying her late husband
Maury , before relocating to Orton Malborne.
After her husband passed away, June decided to become more
involved in the community and was asked to stand as a city
councillor. Since being elected Orton Waterville ward councillor in
May 2010, June has sat on various council committees. She is also
an Orton Waterville parish councillor and school governor at Matley
June was employed by Freemans catalogue firm for nearly 30
At tonight's meeting, outgoing Mayor Councillor
George Simons and his wife outgoing Mayoress Sylvia, were
thanked by the Leader
of the Council Marco Cereste for their professionalism,
enthusiasm and energy in raising the council’s and the city’s
profile both locally and further afield.
George and Sylvia attended in the region of 525 events, raising
£35,000 to date for The Rudolf Fund and Supporters of Combat