Camden, Barnet and Haringey elect new mayors for the year ahead

An internationally-acclaimed trio of singers brought a touch of 1940s glamour to Camden’s mayor-making ceremony.

The Puppini Sisters performed at the town hall in Judd Street last Wednesday after the formal election of Cllr Jonathan Simpson as mayor.

Donning small swans on their heads for the occasion, the trio – Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Stephanie O’Brien – entertained councillors and guests.

Group founder Ms Puppini was appointed mayoress by Cllr Simpson – dubbed the “rock and roll” mayor due to his love of music.

This week, it was the turn of Barnet and Haringey councils to elect their new mayors for the year.

In Barnet, Golders Green councillor Melvin Cohen became the borough’s 49th mayor at the council’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Cllr Cohen is only the second councillor to take on the role twice – having previously held the post in 2003.

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The veteran councillor, who has represented Golders Green since 1982, takes over from Mill Hill councillor Brian Schama.

Cllr Wendy Prentice will be his mayoress, while Cllr Bridget Perry has been appointed as deputy mayor.

Cllr Cohen said: “It’s a tremendous honour to have been appointed as the mayor and it’s a particular honour to have been appointed for a second time.

“I am extremely excited to once again be taking on the responsibilities that this role involves.”

In Haringey, uniformed cadets formed a “guard of honour” to welcome new mayor Cllr Sheila Peacock into office for the third time on Monday.

Youngsters from the borough’s army, navy, marine and air force cadets lined the stairs and corridors at Tottenham Town Hall for the annual mayor-making ceremony.

Northumberland ward councillor Peacock takes over from Cllr David Browne. She hopes to raise £100,000 to support vulnerable and disabled children across Haringey during the year.

Cllr Peacock said: “It’s a huge honour to be elected mayor for the third time and I’m very excited about the year ahead.

“I feel very privileged to be mayor during this time of change with major regeneration projects taking place across our borough, securing a future for all our young people and revitalising Haringey.”

The mayor will host her own website and will send out a monthly newsletter to subscribers.

The mayor’s deputy is fellow ward councillor Cllr Kaushika Amin.