COUNCILLOR DAVID THOMPSON was introduced as the 675th Mayor of Hedon for the first time last night by leading the traditional Penny Throwing. There were lots of special guests, including the Chairman of the East Riding Councillor John Whittle.
Taking part in the normal annual scramble for pennies is a generational thing in Hedon – each generation of local children goes through the ritual and the excitement of taking part. Armed with buckets and carrier bags how many pennies can you collect? Later, at the Mayor’s formal dinner, Councillor Ben Hanson spoke about his experience as a child taking part with a friend and collecting only 67 pence! The disappointment, he said, led to his younger self believing that the councillors were all rather tight!
At the Hedon Blog, we would further suggest that with the cost of living crisis – and the fact that they are lighter, and therefore less likely to clobber when landing after being thrown high in the air – perhaps the council ought to use 5 pence pieces instead of pennies? Although for marketing purposes, and quite literally, “5p Throwing!” is just not as catchy!
The fact that our esteemed 675th Mayor is an accomplished poet is a real bonus. And during his address at the civic function, the Mayor recounted one of his early poems about the Town Council. He shared that poem with the Hedon Blog 10 years ago, so we are delighted to republish it here.
One of the Mayor’s guest speakers at the civic function was another fantastic poet, Catherine Scott, and she finished with a poem dedicated to David Thompson called “All Round Good Egg!” – a sentiment we are delighted to agree with.