Councillor Phil Page is set to become the 160th Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton during Wednesday night's (16 May) full council meeting.

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Councillor Page, who has represented the city's Bilston North ward for 15 years, will make 'service above self' the theme of his year in office.

On Wednesday his fellow councillors will be asked to vote on a motion which will make him Mayor and he will then take the oath of office.

Councillor Page has been deputy mayor for the past 12 months. His predecessor as Mayor was Councillor Elias Mattu who sadly died in February.

Councillor Page's consort and Mayoress for 2018/2019 will be Elaine Hadley-Howell.

Councillor Page, aged 70, is married to Sandra and lives in Bilston.

Now retired, during his working life he was a metallurgist, plumber, building works supervisor and trade union branch secretary.

During his time on the council he has held several positions within the Labour group including cabinet member for education.

His interests include gardening, snooker and visiting restaurants.

He said: "I feel so privileged to become the 160th Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton. I think Wolverhampton is a great place to live, work, raise a family, start a business and educate children in.

"I think Wolverhampton is the best city, I want to see it succeed and I want residents to be proud of where they come from.

"I have long been a supporter of Bilston Rotary and I have recently joined the organisation. I will make the motto of Rotary - 'Service Over Self' the theme of my year in office.

"I've chosen it because I think the Mayor should be out there in the community, raising the profile of our city and the wonderful people and organisations we have here. The role of Mayor must be all about the community and not about yourself."

In line with tradition, Councillor Page has chosen a selection of charities which he and the Mayoress will raise money for over the year.

His chosen charities are: Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, Kingswood Trust, Good Shepherd in Need and Inspire You.

Councillor Claire Darke is set to be made deputy mayor at Wednesday's meeting.

  • released: Tuesday 15 May, 2018