New date finally set for Mayor's 2014 civic service - it's 2015!

Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester

Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

THE CONTROVERSIAL Mayor of Worcester has finally settled on a date for his annual civic service - and it'll be EIGHT months later than first planned.

Councillor Alan Amos' major 2014 bash, which was shelved in June because he went on holiday, will now not take place until February next year.

Worcester City Council, which has been embroiled in trying to arrange a new slot ever since the first one was scrapped, yesterday revealed it had settled on the fresh date after negotiations with the Cathedral.

Your Worcester News understand the council was hoping to schedule it for the end of September, but could not agree a date because the Cathedral's packed timetable only had time for an evening slot.

It will be the biggest delay to the city's civic service ever, and is so late in the mayoral calendar it means Worcester is likely to stage two in 2015, as it normally takes place every June.

When this summer's one was shelved the council had to write to more than 100 magistrates, judges, former mayors, community leaders, councillors, dignitaries and assorted VIPs from around Worcestershire to tell them.

The city's mayor was facing more criticism yesterday as Labour councillors said they would still boycott the event, set for Sunday February 8.

Labour Councillor Richard Boorn said: "I'd hate to think what this has all cost the council to sort out.

"I won't be going anywhere near it, I've said I'd rather stick pins in my eyes."

Cllr Amos has also revealed he has settled upon his three chosen charities for his year in office.

The main focus will be Come On In, a project aimed at tackling social isolation among Worcester’s older people.

Forces Support, a charity that gives practical help and support to families of service personnel who have been killed or returned from a combat zone severely injured, has also been chosen to benefit.

Forces Support carries out work on families’ homes and gardens, and has a warehouse shop in Sherriff Street which accepts donations of furniture and house clearance items.

The third cause to benefit will be Worcester Cathedral's Charitable Fund.

Cllr Amos said: "I am sure everyone in Worcester will agree these are three very worthwhile causes.

"I will devote my year in office to working tirelessly to support these three schemes and to raise some of the vital funds that they need."

Cllr Amos became mayor after quitting the Labour Party last month to become an independent.

He voted with the Conservatives 48 hours later, putting the party back into power at the city council, with the Tories making him Mayor of Worcester on the same night.

Nearly 300 people have since signed a petition calling him to resign and quit his council seat in Warndon, which he won for Labour.

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10:05am Fri 11 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

This ceromony should be ignored by the people of Worcester who have also been ignored by this disgraceful behavour unbecoming for a Mayor by Alan Amos, but also aided and Abetted by Simon Geraghty Leader of the CONservatives and his Posse, by their disgraceful antics.
NASTY TORY'S YOU BET.
Francis Maude is Now going to introduce INTERNET ONLY Government access to services.,
What about the 5 Million Disabled , Vulnerabl, and Older People who have never been on line.
Huge numbers of people will not be able to afford a computer or the £30 per month line and Internet chrges per month,, and if they don't have a phone line an instaltion charge of £hundreds, to also be exposed to the HACKERS.
Maude is saying that they definately will not be able to access services other than on-line. So WHAT happens to these vulnerabl people?
NASTY TORY'S YOU BET.
This ceromony should be ignored by the people of Worcester who have also been ignored by this disgraceful behavour unbecoming for a Mayor by Alan Amos, but also aided and Abetted by Simon Geraghty Leader of the CONservatives and his Posse, by their disgraceful antics. NASTY TORY'S YOU BET. Francis Maude is Now going to introduce INTERNET ONLY Government access to services., What about the 5 Million Disabled , Vulnerabl, and Older People who have never been on line. Huge numbers of people will not be able to afford a computer or the £30 per month line and Internet chrges per month,, and if they don't have a phone line an instaltion charge of £hundreds, to also be exposed to the HACKERS. Maude is saying that they definately will not be able to access services other than on-line. So WHAT happens to these vulnerabl people? NASTY TORY'S YOU BET. Jabbadad
  • Score: 5

10:09am Fri 11 Jul 14

Westhamoldguy says...

I sincerely hope that nobody turns up! but if they have to, then they should turn their backs on him as he enters, I would certainly not shake his hand, he is making a mockery of the fine office of Mayor! However I wish all three charities well, they are all very good causes.
I sincerely hope that nobody turns up! but if they have to, then they should turn their backs on him as he enters, I would certainly not shake his hand, he is making a mockery of the fine office of Mayor! However I wish all three charities well, they are all very good causes. Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 20

10:18am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mike5305 says...

Which ever way the Torys and the Mayor try to wrap this up, between them they are a disgrace and embarrassment to the city. They say they want to encourage business yet they have demonstrated that they literally can't organise their own party!
Which ever way the Torys and the Mayor try to wrap this up, between them they are a disgrace and embarrassment to the city. They say they want to encourage business yet they have demonstrated that they literally can't organise their own party! Mike5305
  • Score: 11

10:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

skychip says...

Disgraceful, he obviously has no respect for the citizens of Worcester.
Disgraceful, he obviously has no respect for the citizens of Worcester. skychip
  • Score: 14

10:25am Fri 11 Jul 14

CJH says...

Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily.
Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily. CJH
  • Score: 16

10:33am Fri 11 Jul 14

Think for yourself says...

So someone crosses the floor after the election, thus making a mockery of the 'democratic' process and disenfranchising a section of the population that voted for the party he purported to represent. Nothing new there. It happens regularly. Still outrageous though.

I'm not sure what's saddest, the fact that someone feels that the right to wear a red cloak and be called 'Mr Major' is in the least bit relevant, important or worthwhile, or the fact that so many people are still prepared to vote Labour after the mess those idiots made of the national economy - again..

I suppose it illustrates that politicians really are shameless and some people just vote tribally.
So someone crosses the floor after the election, thus making a mockery of the 'democratic' process and disenfranchising a section of the population that voted for the party he purported to represent. Nothing new there. It happens regularly. Still outrageous though. I'm not sure what's saddest, the fact that someone feels that the right to wear a red cloak and be called 'Mr Major' is in the least bit relevant, important or worthwhile, or the fact that so many people are still prepared to vote Labour after the mess those idiots made of the national economy - again.. I suppose it illustrates that politicians really are shameless and some people just vote tribally. Think for yourself
  • Score: -8

11:01am Fri 11 Jul 14

Westhamoldguy says...

Can I please make an impassioned plea to OUR Worcester News, Stop using that self satisfied, smug photo, it really does make me feel ill everytime I see it.
Can I please make an impassioned plea to OUR Worcester News, Stop using that self satisfied, smug photo, it really does make me feel ill everytime I see it. Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 21

11:07am Fri 11 Jul 14

Popley67 says...

He (and the party) is just hoping that we will all have forgotten about this by then and that we will all love him by then.
I agree stop using the smug photo !
Boycott his event s or like someone said refuse to salute him or turn your back.
But as said already its the charities that may suffer, but normal great service will resume next year.

Worcester is a great City!! but emabarrassing at the moment.
He (and the party) is just hoping that we will all have forgotten about this by then and that we will all love him by then. I agree stop using the smug photo ! Boycott his event s or like someone said refuse to salute him or turn your back. But as said already its the charities that may suffer, but normal great service will resume next year. Worcester is a great City!! but emabarrassing at the moment. Popley67
  • Score: 14

12:28pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Ted Elgar says...

He looks a bit like Liberace with all that lace.
He looks a bit like Liberace with all that lace. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 7

1:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

solar1 says...

Unfortunately, although I think that ignoring Alan Amos the man is a good idea, I have the feeling that it is really the role of mayor that would be being disregarded if everyone turned their backs to him.

Not sure how the Armed Forces deal with this situation when they "salute the rank, but not the person"
Unfortunately, although I think that ignoring Alan Amos the man is a good idea, I have the feeling that it is really the role of mayor that would be being disregarded if everyone turned their backs to him. Not sure how the Armed Forces deal with this situation when they "salute the rank, but not the person" solar1
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Maggie Would says...

CJH wrote:
Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily.
I was told recently that he doesn't have a charity. That is shocking if true. I've not been able to verify it.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily.[/p][/quote]I was told recently that he doesn't have a charity. That is shocking if true. I've not been able to verify it. Maggie Would
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Tony Pingree says...

This man has no shame or sense of honor.

Though it's very tempting, I don't think people should boycott his events.

Mayor Amos seems the kind of guy who when asked why not many turned up, would insist it was nothing to do with him and everybody must have just been too busy that day.

I suggest everybody turns up.

Unfortunately, it seems the only way to get rid of this guy is public humiliation.

People loudly vocalizing their displeasure will eventually do the trick. It may take a while for the message to sink in but it should do at some point. (especially if a WN reporter just happened to be there at the time and reported on it)

Saying that, some kind of appropriateness should be included in this strategy and I suggest this appropriateness should not be based on any morals held by Mayor Amos.

From what I've read about him, Alan Amos seems to be a self serving wretch who would do pretty much anything to enhance his own self importance.

Even though this has been quite entertaining, and may well have sold a few extra news papers, I think it's about time he packed it up now.
This man has no shame or sense of honor. Though it's very tempting, I don't think people should boycott his events. Mayor Amos seems the kind of guy who when asked why not many turned up, would insist it was nothing to do with him and everybody must have just been too busy that day. I suggest everybody turns up. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to get rid of this guy is public humiliation. People loudly vocalizing their displeasure will eventually do the trick. It may take a while for the message to sink in but it should do at some point. (especially if a WN reporter just happened to be there at the time and reported on it) Saying that, some kind of appropriateness should be included in this strategy and I suggest this appropriateness should not be based on any morals held by Mayor Amos. From what I've read about him, Alan Amos seems to be a self serving wretch who would do pretty much anything to enhance his own self importance. Even though this has been quite entertaining, and may well have sold a few extra news papers, I think it's about time he packed it up now. Tony Pingree
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Fri 11 Jul 14

barbourne-worcester says...

Maggie Would wrote:
CJH wrote:
Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily.
I was told recently that he doesn't have a charity. That is shocking if true. I've not been able to verify it.
Maggie it states in the article his three charities and thats now been confirmed!
Dislike this man a lot and his politics! I certainly won't be booking him for any events or taking my youth groups to the Guildhall for a visit this year! Mind you the deputy mayor is a great bloke (even though he is a conservative)!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Amos is just taking the p*ss now isn't he? He has no respect for the position of mayor or the people of Worcester. What a pity that the charities he's 'supporting' will probably suffer because of his association with them. The only charity he's interested in is Alan Amos. And as for 'devoting a year' to the office, it will be interesting to see how much of that year he does actually work for us, compared to previous mayors. My contempt for this man grows almost daily.[/p][/quote]I was told recently that he doesn't have a charity. That is shocking if true. I've not been able to verify it.[/p][/quote]Maggie it states in the article his three charities and thats now been confirmed! Dislike this man a lot and his politics! I certainly won't be booking him for any events or taking my youth groups to the Guildhall for a visit this year! Mind you the deputy mayor is a great bloke (even though he is a conservative)!!!!! barbourne-worcester
  • Score: 9

7:51am Sun 13 Jul 14

green49 says...

Just shows what a joke local politics are, Gerathey and co are in this too what a plonker he is, i will ignore Amos if he is at anything i go too,
Just shows what a joke local politics are, Gerathey and co are in this too what a plonker he is, i will ignore Amos if he is at anything i go too, green49
  • Score: 1

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