The history and role of the mayor
Earliest records show that there has been a mayor in Newcastle since 1318.
The mayor is elected each year at annual council at a ceremony which has remained unchanged for many years. The meeting gives the new mayor an opportunity to speak about their aspirations for the coming year and to wear the mayoral robe for the first time.
The mayor is the first citizen of the borough. The mayor should remain impartial throughout their year in office and should not be asked to become involved in political or contentious issues.
As well as the ceremonial role, the mayor will also chair all meetings of the full council.