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Mayor of North East Lincolnshire

The Mayor is the first citizen of North East Lincolnshire and undertakes an important ceremonial role in and outside the borough. However, this role is different from some Mayors and Lord Mayors, such as the elected Mayor of London.

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire is not directly elected by the people and therefore holds no direct power. The Mayor is politically neutral in carrying out all of their Mayoral duties.

Mayor and Mayoress

The Mayor for 2021/22 is Councillor David Hasthorpe.  He was elected by his fellow councillors at the Mayor Making Ceremony on 27 May 2021.

He serves as Mayor for one year until the next Mayor Making Ceremony in May 2022.

Mrs Sandra Hasthorpe has been appointed as his Mayoress.

The Deputy Mayor for 2021/22 is Councillor Steve Beasant. He was elected by his fellow councillors at the Mayor Making Ceremony on 27 May 2021.

He serves as Deputy Mayor for one year until the next Mayor Making Ceremony in May 2022.

Mrs Carol Beasant has been appointed as his Deputy Mayoress.

Do you know an individual or group living or working in North East Lincolnshire who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the borough?  Then we want to hear from you.

Nominations are now open for Civic Awards. We are looking for individuals or groups living or working within North East Lincolnshire who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the borough. Deadline for nominations is 31 January 2022. Further information on the Sponsors and Categories in our Civic Awards Information Booklet (PDF, 437KB) .

These are new awards for 2021 and are an opportunity for the Civic Office to officially recognise the commitment and hard work of those who strive to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

Each nomination will be reviewed by a judging panel and winners will be presented with their award by the Mayor in March 2022.

If you would like to nominate, please complete our Civic Awards Nomination Form .

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire actively supports charities, which operate in North East Lincolnshire, servicing the local community and improving the lives of residents in the area.

This year the Mayoral Fund will focus on support to young people in the borough. If you want to apply for for up to £250 of funding please complete the Mayoral funding application .

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire undertakes many different duties:

  • Chairing meetings of the Full Council making sure they are conducted properly and fairly
  • Supporting the main aims of the council as it goes about its daily business
  • Representing the council at public, civic and ceremonial events in and outside of the borough and welcoming important visitors and dignitaries
  • Working actively with a wide range of local organisations and promoting the borough of North East Lincolnshire

The Mayor attends many engagements throughout the year.  These include:

  • Welcoming new business to the area
  • Religious events of all denominations
  • Supporting local charities and community groups
  • Visiting schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes
  • Opening fairs and fetes
  • Speaking at dinners and receptions
  • Greeting local, national and international guests

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire is the first citizen of the Borough and part of their role is to promote North East Lincolnshire.

Social distancing measures are to remain in place and will influence mayoral engagements until March 2021. This date may be extended.

The safety of The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire and the safety of the people of our area are of paramount importance.

We must continue to keep space between ourselves and other people outside of our homes. The message to practice social distancing remains:

  • Stay at least 2 meters from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

We will be following government guidelines and expect to see a gradual increase in activity.

Request attendance

If you would like the Mayor to attend an event please complete our Mayor visit invite  form.

Alternatively you can email us at or call on 01472 324101.

Where possible, please give at least 14 days notice before the date of the event.

Inviting the Mayor does not guarantee that they will be able to attend.

Find out if the date is available

If you want to check if the date is available before requesting the Mayor’s attendance then please contact us by email on or by phone on 01472 324101.

How to address the Mayor

The correct address is ‘The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe’.

Following formal introductions ‘Mister Mayor’ is an appropriate address.

COVID-19 safety

The office will be in touch to advise if acceptance is possible and if the Mayor or Deputy Mayor are able to attend following an assessment of risks involved.

The mayoral party will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment.

In addition to everyday steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country.

Limiting close contact with others outside households in indoor and outdoor spaces is essential. As people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for those who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 2 meters) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and our community.

Keeping safe is the best advice we can adhere to ensuring activities can resume gradually and responsibly.

Protocol for inviting the Mayor to functions

Read the Mayor Events Protocol Tips.

Protocol to be followed at Civic Engagements

These notes must be read prior to the mayoral party attending your engagement.

It is extremely important that the following points are noted when receiving the mayoral party on a civic engagement:

  1. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor should always be met, at the agreed place, on arrival at an engagement.
  2. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor should always be accompanied throughout their visit and never left on their own.
  3. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor should always have all relevant background information about the event (and about the host organisation where appropriate) including an itinerary for the visit if applicable, a minimum of two weeks before the event (information to be forwarded to
  4. Where possible, the civic chauffeur accompanies the Mayor/Deputy Mayor throughout at all events. Please ensure that the chauffeur knows where they can park.
  5. Verbal address:
    The Mayor – Mister Mayor (male) or Madam Mayor (female)
    The Mayoress/Consort – Madam Mayoress (female) or Mister Consort (male)
    The Deputy Mayor – Mister Deputy Mayor (male) or Madam Deputy Mayor (female)
    The Deputy Mayoress/Consort – Madam Deputy Mayoress (female) or Mister Deputy Consort (male)
  6. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor should always be introduced to other guests by the host of the engagement.
  7. There are occasions at events, for example at formal concerts, presentations, shows, etc. when the Mayor/Deputy Mayor should be announced into a room and all guests should remain standing until the mayoral party sits down. Please contact the Civic and Mayoral Officer for clarification if necessary.
    At certain engagements, for example at formal concerts, presentations, shows, etc. time should always be allowed for the mayoral party’s departure. An announcement may be necessary so others at the event are aware. This is to prevent any unnecessary queues/crowding, etc. which may delay the
    Mayor/Deputy Mayor attending a following engagement. Similarly, unnecessary queues/crowding, etc. must also be avoided during functions, for example at intervals or when buffets or other refreshments are served. Again, an announcement may be necessary (please contact the Civic and Mayoral Officer for clarification). When a buffet is being provided at an event, again to avoid unnecessary queues/crowding, etc. it is strongly suggested that the Mayor/Deputy Mayor ‘opens’ the buffet.
  8. At a formal event the seat reserved for the Mayor/Deputy Mayor should be on the immediate right and for the Mayoress/Consort or Deputy Mayoress/Consort on the immediate left of the person presiding, and in the middle of the front row at events such as concerts, shows, etc.
  9. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor should always arrive last at engagements held in North East Lincolnshire so please time events correctly.
  10. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, the Mayor (as first citizen) shall have precedence in the Borough of North East Lincolnshire on all occasions except when a Royal or a representative of the Queen is present.
  11. It should be remembered that the Mayor is the first citizen of North East Lincolnshire and the Deputy Mayor, when representing the Mayor, acts in a similar capacity.
  12. It should be remembered that the position of Mayor is non-political and should not give prominence to any one party political group, and should always be respected as such, i.e. please do not cause embarrassment at functions by approaching the Mayor to discuss political topics or to lobby the Mayor – the Mayor’s role is purely ceremonial. Issues of concern should be referred to the Council or your Ward Councillor.

Since May 2011, the union flag (subject to availability) has been flown on a daily basis at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Town Halls – prior to this, we followed the guidance of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Other occasions when flags are flown include Merchant Navy day (red ensign), heritage open days and other civic occasions the borough flags for the former Boroughs of Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes and the Armed Forces flag during Armed Forces week.

Grimsby Borough Chains

The mayoral gold chain dates from April 1849 and was purchased by the Mayor, Alderman and Burgesses of Great Grimsby to commemorate the laying of the first stone of the New Dock at Great Grimsby by his Royal Highness Prince Albert on 19 April 1849.

In 1854 a pendant was added it bears a picture of the Hydraulic Tower of Great Grimsby with steamships in front and a shield of the Borough Coat of Arms below. On the Back is and inscription “In commemoration of the visit to the Borough of her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, His Highness Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales and other Members of the Royal Family on 14 October 1854. Robert Keetley Esq, Mayor”

The Mayoress or Consort Chain is a smaller and lighter reproduction of the Mayoral Chain; it was given to the Town by a former Mayor (Alderman T C Moss JP) and bears the inscriptions “County Borough of Grimsby. Presented by Alderman T C Moss JP, in memory of his wife, Mayoress of Grimsby 1915/16″.

Grimsby Borough Maces

Large Mace

Made of gilt silver approximately 392 years old, it was renewed in 1645 by Mayor J. Moore and renewed again on 22 July, 1879 by Henry Veal, Mayor. During Mr. Veal’s Mayoral year the Prince and Princess of Wales opened the Union Dock and unveiled the statue of late Prince Consort.

Small Mace

Solid Silver approximately 347 years old, this mace is one of the few left in the country which preserves the original shape and character of the Mace from the days when it was used as a weapon.

Third Mace

Solid Silver approximately 407 years old James 1 circa 1610.

Cleethorpes Borough Chains

Mayoral Chain and Badge date from 1936 and were given to the Borough by Councillor Houghton (Deputy Mayor 1936) the names of previous Mayor’s from the Charter Mayor Sir George Moody 1936 to C J Shaw 1951 are inscribed on the Chain.

The Mayoress/Consort Chain was also given to the Borough by Councillor Houghton.

Cleethorpes Borough Mace

The mace, presented in 1936, is made in hall-marked silver richly gilt.  It is 4ft. 4ins. long, surmounted by the Royal Crown with the Royal Arms on the cushion. The Head of the mace is divided into four panels, by carved and chased straps, and on the front panel are the Arms of Cleethorpes enamelled in full heraldic colouring and on the reverse panel a carved Royal Cypher.  The remaining 2 panels are ornamented with York Roses. The stem is baluster in form and ornamented with chased rose ornament. The Arms of the Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge are engraved at the lower end and also the inscription.

List of Mayors since 1996

  • Len Taylor 1996/97
  • Terry Walker 1997/98
  • Chris Dixon 1998/99
  • George Mitchell 1999/2000
  • Jane Hyldon-King 2000/01
  • Norma Lincoln 2001/02
  • Ken Townsend 2002/03
  • Peter Barker 2003/04
  • Margaret Solomon 2004/05
  • Melanie Dickerson 2005/06
  • Margaret Thompson 2006/07
  • Stewart Swinburn 2007/08
  • Colin Eastwell 2008/09
  • John Colebrook 2009/10
  • Norma Lincoln 2010/11
  • Susan Pickett 2011/12
  • Mike Burton 2012/13
  • Peggy Elliott 2013/14
  • Alex Baxter 2014/15
  • Cliff Barber 2015/16
  • Christina A McGilligan-Fell 2016/17
  • Ron Shepherd 2017/18
  • Hazel Chase 2018/19
  • Terry Walker 2019/20

Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Rob Walsh (Chief Executive) at the Mayor making ceremony

Related content

Mayor visit invite form

Cllr David Hasthorpe

Grimsby Town Hall

Related documents

Civic reception costs (XLS, 10KB) – Civic reception costs since 2016

Related websites

GOV.UK – Designated days for union flag flying

Contact details

Civic and Mayoral Officer, Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HX


Telephone: 01472 324101

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm except bank holidays