25/06/2010 by mcmakarolyn
A group of Manchester Creative and Media Academy students had access to one of the most exclusive areas in Manchester when they visited the Lord Mayor of Manchester.
MC&MA Girls’ and Boys’ students went to Lord Mayor Councillor Mark Hackett’s Mayoral Apartment as a thank you for ushering over 300 local dignitaries at his inauguration at Manchester Cathedral.
He invited the group after they were unable to attend the reception at the annual event.
The Lord Mayor told the students all about the history of Manchester Town Hall, his duties and chains over tea and biscuits, while they also got the opportunity to ask questions.
They were initially invited to the Mayor’s Parlour – which is a public space and mainly used for entertaining guests, but the party was taken to the Apartment instead.
Originally meant as living space for the Mayor until 15 years ago, the apartment had various opulent rooms decorated with historic furniture and professional paintings from Manchester Art Gallery. It also overlooks Albert Square.
Lord Mayor Councillor Hackett, who was a governor for North Manchester High School For Boys’, (now MC&MA Boys), said he greatly appreciated the students’ help at the inauguration.
“It was a very moving and important occasion for me.
“I will remember it for the rest of my life – and they [MC&MA students] were part of it. The very least you can do is say thank you properly.”
The students were Emma Kenyon, Elizabeth Osunro, Alejandra Cujia-Moreno, Ronan Hunstan and Kyle Barnes. They were also joined byAdam Davis, Aaron Yeatman and David Goodwin.