05:00PM, Friday 29 May 2015
The new Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead says she has no intention of getting swept up in the grandeur of her new role and hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps during her tenure.
Cllr Eileen ‘Dee’ Quick was handed the chain of office at a ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on Tuesday.
Speaking on her first day of office, she said she hoped to follow the respect her father, Francis Burton, demonstrated when he twice served as mayor of the former borough of Windsor in 1961 and 1971.
She said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re meeting the Queen or someone that’s collecting your dustbin, you treat everyone the same and I shall try very hard to make sure I do that.
“I think you have to stay the same person. It’s really important not to let yourself get the idea that you’re much more important than you actually are.”
After being elected as a councillor to Windsor's Trinity Ward in 2000, Cllr Quick served as a cabinet member for children’s services and also held the role for leisure and libraries in the past two years.
The mother-of-two said while achieving the role of mayor had always been a personal ambition, she didn’t feel it represented a ‘winding-down’ of her career.
“I said when the time’s right I would like to be a mayor. Although the mayoral role doesn’t have any power in a sense, I think as far as our residents are concerned the mayor is the public face of the local authority,” she added.
Two pupils from the Brigidine School presented Cllr Quick, a former student of the school, with flowers at her mayor-making ceremony.
Cllr Quick, who spent 35 years teaching home economics, said she was looking forward to meeting people young and old.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.