The Mayor frequently visits a wide variety of different events within the community, from school visits and coffee mornings to formal dinners and ceremonies.
If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event you're hosting, please complete the online invitation form and we will let you know if it's possible.
To avoid disappointment, please give as much notice as possible as the Mayor receives many invitations.
Guidance notes for organisers
Organisers of functions often ask for advice on protocol. We provide the following notes in the hope that they will answer any queries.
- The Mayor for the year 2023-2024 is Councillor Nick Sandford. The Mayoress is Alderman Bella Saltmarsh.
- The full correct description on letters and envelopes is – The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Peterborough, Councillor Nick Sandford. In practice the more simple description of The Mayor or The Mayor of Peterborough is used. A letter should start with Dear Mr Mayor.
- When greeting the Mayor it is correct to say, for example: “Good evening Mr Mayor”.
- In speeches, one would say, for example, “We are pleased to have with us The (Right Worshipful the) Mayor of (the City of) Peterborough, Councillor Nick Sandford. In the preamble to a speech being made in the City one would say “Mr Mayor”. If it is the host who is making the speech he would refer to the Mayor first in the preamble unless a member of the Royal Family is present when he would start for example: Your Royal Highness, Mr Mayor, My Lords, etc. If it is not the host speaking then he should be referred to by his title, e.g. President, Mr Chairman, immediately before “Mr Mayor.”
- Unless in the Chair, the Mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman or host at any function in the City.
- The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Judy Fox.
- The correct description on letters and envelopes is – The Deputy Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Judy Fox or more simply The Deputy Mayor.
- If the Deputy Mayor is present without the Mayor and is representing him then she has the same precedence as the Mayor would have if he were present.
- In speeches, one would say “We are pleased to have with us The Deputy Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Judy Fox. At the commencement of the speech she would be referred to as Deputy Mayor though later in the speech for simplicity she could be referred to as Deputy Mayor.
- If both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are present the Deputy ranks immediately after the Mayor.
- The Deputy Mayor's Consort is Councillor John Fox. He is referred to as The Deputy Mayor's Consort.
- The Mayoral party will, when attending functions, wear their chains of office.
- Brief information regarding all mayoral engagements is given to the press in advance. If organisers of functions are anxious for the press to be present it is always advisable for them to contact the press themselves in advance and to have press releases available.
- All correspondence should be sent to The Civic Office, The Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1HG. The contact details are tel: 01733 452319. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org