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School Council Visits the Mayor's Parlour

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Members of Beech House’s School Council visited the Mayor’s Parlour to see democracy in action. They were accompanied by the Headmistress, Tracey Taylor, and the Deputy Head, Mrs Procter.

All of the children were excited to make the journey into the centre of Bolton to the Town Hall. They made their way into the Mayor’s Parlour to meet the Mayor of Bolton herself, Cllr Carole Swarbrick. The Mayor talked about democracy, the purpose of secret ballots, her job and the mayor’s role within the town and country. She also showed the boys and girls various special artefacts that are used as part of her job.

The boys and girls even got to hold their own secret ballot using a real ballot box. They cast their votes and these were then counted up with some help from Bolton Council’s Elections Manager, Steven Blyth. This was a great way to get the children to understand the process and also to capture their interest.


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The Beech House children with Mrs Procter, the Mayor and Mrs Taylor in the Mayor

The Beech House children with Mrs Procter, the Mayor and Mrs Taylor in the Mayor's Parlour

Casting their votes

Casting their votes