Former Lincoln County Hospital worker Councillor Kathleen Brothwell was sworn in as the 805th Mayor of Lincoln on May 24 at the Guildhall.
Originally from Louth, Brothwell moved to Lincoln in 1964 where she married and raised a family. She has also served as a councillor in the Abbey ward since 2003.
Brothwell worked in the catering department of Lincoln County Hospital for 25 years before retiring. She has two grown up daughters, and a grandson.
At the Guildhall ceremony, Councillor Brothwell took an oath before being declared the 805th Mayor of Lincoln.
She was officially ‘married’ to the city with a 16th century gold ring, which is worn only during her inauguration and on the Mayor’s official birthday in February.
(L-R) Mayor of Lincoln Kathleen Brothwell, Mayor’s Consort Jeff Boyall, Sheriff’s Lady Judith Renshaw, Mayor’s Sheriff Robin Renshaw and City Council Chief Executive and Town Clerk Andrew Taylor
The position of Mayor of Lincoln was established in 1206, when England was on a tense war path with France and the Magna Carta was still nine years from being sealed into legend at Runneymede.
Today, the Mayor holds the ceremonial role of ambassador to Lincoln, welcoming visitors on the city’s behalf, as well as attending numerous charity and civic functions.
While the Mayor must be apolitical, he or she is still required to chair Full Council held at the Guildhall once per month.
Brothwell chose Lincoln Women’s Aid as her charity for the year, which has a mission to protect women and children in Lincolnshire from domestic abuse.