Leaders celebrate Southampton’s new Lord Mayor status

City leaders, including Lee Peck founder of Lee Peck Media, celebrated Southampton’s new Lord Mayor status at a special civic dinner.

Around 30 people from the city’s public and private sectors heard how Southampton was awarded the honour as part of the late Queen’s Jubilee Honours Competition.

In becoming the Southampton’s 800th Mayor, Councillor Jacqui Rayment becomes the city’s first Lord Mayor. Speaking at the event in the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room, she said: “Tonight is all about celebrating all things great about Southampton and each and everyone here has played an important role in contributing to the life of our fine city. As someone born and raised in the city, becoming the 800th Mayor of Southampton was an absolute honour and to become the first Lord Mayor of Southampton is incredibly humbling.”

Only two Lord Mayors have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in the 21st Century, and Southampton is the first English city to receive the honour since Exeter in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year of 2002. The dignity and prestige of having a Lord Mayor as civic head is currently granted to 27 of the 63 districts with city status in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. For the first time, all applications for Lord Mayor were assessed by an expert panel, with Southampton being recommended to HM The Queen for approval.

Lee Peck said: “I was enormously proud to have been invited to join in the celebrations. Being awarded Lord Mayor status in the year that Southampton become a finalist in its bid to become UK City Of Culture 2025 shows that the city is ambitious and inclusive and wants to continue being the jewel in the crown of the Central South.”