No new date for civic service - nearly a month on from the Mayor of Worcester shelving it

Worcester News: Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester

NO date has been set for Worcester’s annual civic service yet – nearly a month since it was controversially shelved because the Mayor of Worcester went on holiday.

Since Councillor Alan Amos decided to postpone the event city council staff have been trying to find a new date for the bash, which until now has always taken place in June.

Your Worcester News understands they have been trying to arrange it for some time in September, having written off the August period due to the holidays.

But the sudden cancellation of the original date of Sunday, June 22 is giving staff a real headache and negotiations have been ongoing with Worcester Cathedral and various other groups before any date can be confirmed, as well as Cllr Amos himself.

To make matters more complicated Cllr Amos was on holiday the week before last, was off again this past week and will not return to his duties until Monday.

The delays have added to the costs of the original cancellation due to the time staff have been spending working on it.

When the original civic service was scrapped at the start of June more than 100 invites had already gone out to the likes of judges, magistrates, former mayors, dignitaries and other VIPs.

The date for that bash has been set all the way back in January and staff had to contact all of them again to say it had been shelved due to "unforeseen circumstances".

Labour Councillor Adrian Gregson, former city council leader and one of the original invitees, said: “We’ve heard nothing at all on a new date yet but they were hoping for the end of September.”

A city council spokesman said: “We haven’t yet got a date but we hope to get it resolved soon.

“Various dates are being discussed at the moment and as soon as we have a date in place it will be announced.”

Several Labour councillors had already pledged to boycott the service after Cllr Amos quit the party last month before voting the Conservatives into power 48 hours later and getting the chains in return.

The original date was set on the belief Councillor Paul Denham, last year's deputy mayor, would have taken over the chains by now following in the tradition of previous first citizens.

Cllr Amos has already missed several mayoral engagements due to pre-booked holidays.

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10:23am Sat 28 Jun 14

green49 says...

How much has his arrogance cost??? Come on Geratehy let the peole of Worcester know.
How much has his arrogance cost??? Come on Geratehy let the peole of Worcester know. green49
  • Score: 22

10:33am Sat 28 Jun 14

jb says...

SInce when is one person bigger than this city?! Mr Amos has yet to attend any official events yet he's already caused chaos and unnecessary expenditure for the people of this city. So far he's shown nothing but contempt for the position he was voted into, I wonder if there is a process that exists which could see him stripped of the honour?
SInce when is one person bigger than this city?! Mr Amos has yet to attend any official events yet he's already caused chaos and unnecessary expenditure for the people of this city. So far he's shown nothing but contempt for the position he was voted into, I wonder if there is a process that exists which could see him stripped of the honour? jb
  • Score: 25

10:39am Sat 28 Jun 14

CJH says...

Don't have the civic service! Amos is all about 'me, me, me', so the best thing to do is ignore him and don't give him the attention he wants. Could anyone who is invited to this event in all honesty shake hands and smile at this man and pretend nothing has happened? It would be hypocritical. Send him the bill for any costs already incurred and make sure the smug self serving ******* pays up. Could the WN please give us details of the engagements he has missed because of his holidays (that's holidays plural!!!). Contempt for this man is degrading the position of Mayor of Worcester. And can the WN please stop using that picture of him - he doesn't deserve to wear those robes and chain. Phew! It's good to get that out of my system...
Don't have the civic service! Amos is all about 'me, me, me', so the best thing to do is ignore him and don't give him the attention he wants. Could anyone who is invited to this event in all honesty shake hands and smile at this man and pretend nothing has happened? It would be hypocritical. Send him the bill for any costs already incurred and make sure the smug self serving ******* pays up. Could the WN please give us details of the engagements he has missed because of his holidays (that's holidays plural!!!). Contempt for this man is degrading the position of Mayor of Worcester. And can the WN please stop using that picture of him - he doesn't deserve to wear those robes and chain. Phew! It's good to get that out of my system... CJH
  • Score: 25

10:46am Sat 28 Jun 14

Popley67 says...

I thought perhaps he was doing the decent thing and saving money by not having it after wasting so much.
His new party are all protecting him I have spoken to a few but he can't do any wrong, they leap straight to his defence.
Let's see how many Labour councillors have the guts to stand by their decision to boycott the event rather than go along for the Free taxpayers jolly.
The whole thing is a shambles and a embarrassment to this fine city!
I thought perhaps he was doing the decent thing and saving money by not having it after wasting so much. His new party are all protecting him I have spoken to a few but he can't do any wrong, they leap straight to his defence. Let's see how many Labour councillors have the guts to stand by their decision to boycott the event rather than go along for the Free taxpayers jolly. The whole thing is a shambles and a embarrassment to this fine city! Popley67
  • Score: 14

10:48am Sat 28 Jun 14

WRAA says...

Well, he turned up at an opening event at Worcester University, which isn't bad considering he wasn't actually invited!
Sorry...no time for cling on's!
Well, he turned up at an opening event at Worcester University, which isn't bad considering he wasn't actually invited! Sorry...no time for cling on's! WRAA
  • Score: 15

11:41am Sat 28 Jun 14

Baldrick1955 says...

This none event has already cost this great city thousands of our tax payers money, Cancel this event for good for this year, and hope we can get back to normal next year.
I would urge all organizations who would normally book the mayor for there event to look else ware, and for any event he does go to for a small peaceful protest to be maned wherever he does go.
This poor excuse for a councilor, has already been called a rat in the private eye magazine, bring more bad publicity on Worcester.
And Worcester News cancel hes weekly column.
This none event has already cost this great city thousands of our tax payers money, Cancel this event for good for this year, and hope we can get back to normal next year. I would urge all organizations who would normally book the mayor for there event to look else ware, and for any event he does go to for a small peaceful protest to be maned wherever he does go. This poor excuse for a councilor, has already been called a rat in the private eye magazine, bring more bad publicity on Worcester. And Worcester News cancel hes weekly column. Baldrick1955
  • Score: 19

1:07pm Sat 28 Jun 14

gmoore1207 says...

the man is so arrogant we dont need people like this we need to protest this waste of money
the man is so arrogant we dont need people like this we need to protest this waste of money gmoore1207
  • Score: 15

1:25pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Maggie Would says...

I guess the best course of action to protest about the various & several gripes about Amos would be to email your local councillor, on a daily basis would be good, copying it to the head honcho (Geraghty?).
There's plenty of ammo on this website to use, enough to fill many days' worth.
I know I would, but sadly I don't live in Worcester.
If you are one of the poor unfortunates that lives in his ward, perhaps 3 or 4 missives a day would be better.
I guess the best course of action to protest about the various & several gripes about Amos would be to email your local councillor, on a daily basis would be good, copying it to the head honcho (Geraghty?). There's plenty of ammo on this website to use, enough to fill many days' worth. I know I would, but sadly I don't live in Worcester. If you are one of the poor unfortunates that lives in his ward, perhaps 3 or 4 missives a day would be better. Maggie Would
  • Score: 13

1:27pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Maggie Would says...

CJH wrote:
Don't have the civic service! Amos is all about 'me, me, me', so the best thing to do is ignore him and don't give him the attention he wants. Could anyone who is invited to this event in all honesty shake hands and smile at this man and pretend nothing has happened? It would be hypocritical. Send him the bill for any costs already incurred and make sure the smug self serving ******* pays up. Could the WN please give us details of the engagements he has missed because of his holidays (that's holidays plural!!!). Contempt for this man is degrading the position of Mayor of Worcester. And can the WN please stop using that picture of him - he doesn't deserve to wear those robes and chain. Phew! It's good to get that out of my system...
Exactly - how many events has he missed? I was told that it was 4 in his 1st week, before he even disappeared to Thailand.
It should be easy to check - just examine the deputy mayor's diary.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Don't have the civic service! Amos is all about 'me, me, me', so the best thing to do is ignore him and don't give him the attention he wants. Could anyone who is invited to this event in all honesty shake hands and smile at this man and pretend nothing has happened? It would be hypocritical. Send him the bill for any costs already incurred and make sure the smug self serving ******* pays up. Could the WN please give us details of the engagements he has missed because of his holidays (that's holidays plural!!!). Contempt for this man is degrading the position of Mayor of Worcester. And can the WN please stop using that picture of him - he doesn't deserve to wear those robes and chain. Phew! It's good to get that out of my system...[/p][/quote]Exactly - how many events has he missed? I was told that it was 4 in his 1st week, before he even disappeared to Thailand. It should be easy to check - just examine the deputy mayor's diary. Maggie Would
  • Score: 10

5:24pm Sat 28 Jun 14

3thinker says...

If he can't be bothered to change his plans to make himself available then why should everyone else be expected to fit things in around his holiday plans.
If he can't be bothered to change his plans to make himself available then why should everyone else be expected to fit things in around his holiday plans. 3thinker
  • Score: 13

8:05pm Sat 28 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

Everyone is entitled to have a holiday, it's just unfortunate that the Mayoral event got in the way of a pre-planned break. Can't see what the fuss is all about.
Everyone is entitled to have a holiday, it's just unfortunate that the Mayoral event got in the way of a pre-planned break. Can't see what the fuss is all about. ACBLive
  • Score: -17

9:49pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Chris.Styles says...

Amos is either highly deluded or is extremely arrogant if he thinks he can just stroll in at his own leisure and expect the whole city to fit in around his wants and needs. We all know he committed a selfish act by switching parties in exchange for becoming mayor and now this latest shambles just about sums him and his party up, To add salt to our wounds, he has wasted thousands of pounds of our money too. Instead of being all about 'cuts, cuts, cuts' it seems that the conservatives are actually about 'waste, waste, waste....' shameful......
Amos is either highly deluded or is extremely arrogant if he thinks he can just stroll in at his own leisure and expect the whole city to fit in around his wants and needs. We all know he committed a selfish act by switching parties in exchange for becoming mayor and now this latest shambles just about sums him and his party up, To add salt to our wounds, he has wasted thousands of pounds of our money too. Instead of being all about 'cuts, cuts, cuts' it seems that the conservatives are actually about 'waste, waste, waste....' shameful...... Chris.Styles
  • Score: 12

7:05am Sun 29 Jun 14

Pomygranit says...

The contact the Mayor link
http://mayor.worcest
er.gov.uk/?page_id=1
47
Still has the mayor as Pat Agar. How do we the electorate, contact him and tell him he is a vain arrogant and not worthy of the position of mayor.
The contact the Mayor link http://mayor.worcest er.gov.uk/?page_id=1 47 Still has the mayor as Pat Agar. How do we the electorate, contact him and tell him he is a vain arrogant and not worthy of the position of mayor. Pomygranit
  • Score: 7

7:49pm Sun 29 Jun 14

keep it real says...

Why oh why doesn't someone have the balls to just scrap the event for this year. It will save on the costs of holding it, save the costs of staff time and save the faces of all those involved in the whole dirty affair from having to show up, surely some of them must be embarrassed by the goings on of their party - I would be !!
Why oh why doesn't someone have the balls to just scrap the event for this year. It will save on the costs of holding it, save the costs of staff time and save the faces of all those involved in the whole dirty affair from having to show up, surely some of them must be embarrassed by the goings on of their party - I would be !! keep it real
  • Score: 11

10:44am Wed 2 Jul 14

green49 says...

keep it real,,,,, thats just the point NO ONE has the balls to do it? they are all hiding now the dirty work has been done in him being appointed,, Ask Gerathey or Bayliss?
keep it real,,,,, thats just the point NO ONE has the balls to do it? they are all hiding now the dirty work has been done in him being appointed,, Ask Gerathey or Bayliss? green49
  • Score: 3

10:59am Wed 2 Jul 14

DeBrian Thronker says...

I know Alan on a personal level, and he's a fantastic man.

His 'holiday' was actually a charity venture to rural Botswana, where he spent 2 weeks looking after children with malnutrition and terminal illnesses.

Honestly, don't knock the man until you've met him. He's a top bloke.
I know Alan on a personal level, and he's a fantastic man. His 'holiday' was actually a charity venture to rural Botswana, where he spent 2 weeks looking after children with malnutrition and terminal illnesses. Honestly, don't knock the man until you've met him. He's a top bloke. DeBrian Thronker
  • Score: -11

10:07am Fri 4 Jul 14

mooms32 says...

I cannot believe Mr Amos has the effrontery to continue as Mayor.
As an ordinary, & proud to be born & bred in, Worcester citizen, I call on you Mr Amos to do the right thing & resign. This is a tainted Mayorship, and one not to be proud of.
I cannot believe Mr Amos has the effrontery to continue as Mayor. As an ordinary, & proud to be born & bred in, Worcester citizen, I call on you Mr Amos to do the right thing & resign. This is a tainted Mayorship, and one not to be proud of. mooms32
  • Score: 2
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