This popular annual event will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019, and the ceremony will see the new Lord Mayor installed for the 2019/2020 mandate. The Lord Mayor’s Selection Committee's recomandation for this year is Councillor Richard Ball -who has been a Compton ward councillor since 2008 and Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015/2016.
Cllr Ball was born and raised in Plymouth, and served in the Royal Navy as an electronic technician, on naval ships and shore establishments around the world. He also worked for the Ministry of Defence as a weapons systems engineer, specialising in naval radar systems.
Cllr Ball said: “Plymouth is the city where I was born, raised and where I joined the Royal Navy. Tradition is important to me and I am privileged to be asked to be the Lord Mayor of this great city where the records of former Mayors and Lord Mayors go back to the 15th century.
Current Lord Mayor, Cllr Sam Davey said: “Being Lord Mayor is an honour and a privilege and I wish Cllr Richard Ball all the best for when he takes on the new role.”
Join us this year at the Lord Mayor's Day, for a fun day out for the whole family. The theme of this year’s event is The Future - so expect interactive space and virtual reality activities. The star of the show is the 8 foot tall Titan the Robot, who can be found on stage and in the piazza at intervals through the day.
Children can take part in the Planet Trail, organized by the Plymouth City Centre Company, with chances to win amazing prizes. A Science Dome using a 360 degree projector will run half hour shows about space, while the National Marine Aquarium will provide Virtual Reality headsets so you can take a virtual dive into one of their tanks.
A day-long stage programme will feature performances from local dance and theatre groups and choirs. There will be a range of food and craft stalls on offer to enjoy too. This year the Council House will also be opening its doors for the day, and the Lord Mayor’s Macebearers will hold guided tours, so you can learn more about this historic building and the role of Lord Mayor.