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487 events and counting.. the busy life of Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton revealed

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton

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He has already attended 487 events since becoming mayor of Gloucester in May, but Chris Chatterton looks set to break the all time record for mayoral engagements.

By the time he hangs up his mayoral chain on June 8 he will have racked up at least 900 events – including 27 Christmas carol concerts.

He has so many events to attend that he has kept a diary with notes about what happened at each do.

“If there is one thing I have learnt it is that there is an awful lot more going on in Gloucester than you first realise,” he said. “There are so many people giving up their time to help others – and they are not doing it just to get an MBE or get their face in the paper.”

The former teacher has brought his children Isabel, eight, and Will, six, along to many of the events – and he will even be working on Christmas Day when he attends Gloucester Cathedral’s morning service in his official capacity.

He said: “I feel really bad if I cannot attend an event because people plan the mayor’s visit months in advance. I’ve not missed many thankfully. There was one where I hit my head on a rafter and ended up with concussion so I couldn’t really make it after that.”

He counts doing the Cha Cha Slide and Gangnam Style dance moves in front of 300 children among his most embarrassing occasions.

And the highlights of the year? The Christmas lantern parade and the Sportbeat Festival.

He said: “The lantern parade was spectacular. We had 300 children in it and 7,000 people watching with another 2,000 joining us at the cathedral, so it was magical.

“SportBeat was right down my street although it was a bit warm to be in a suit. I will be ending my term with SportBeat again so it will be the perfect way to bring my year to a close.”

Handing out presents to young patients on the children’s ward at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Christmas Eve is among some of his upcoming events.

He will also be extending some cheer to elderly people at care homes across the city on New Year’s Day.

He said: “There is still a lot to look forward to. They say it usually quietens down in January but looking at my diary it already looks pretty full – but I am loving it.”

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