IT WAS a day in the life of a mayor for 11-year-old James Yuen on Monday.
The St Richard’s Catholic Primary School pupil won a competition to be the mayor of Chichester for the day – spending the time carrying out a number of civic duties.
“We went to the fire station. It was very fun,” he said. “We got to go inside the fire engine while the lights and sirens were on.”
James and three of his classmates Lucy Owen, Amy Flood and Heather Joyner were all picked up by the mayor on Monday morning and taken back to the Assembly Rooms in North Street, where James was dressed in the mayor’s robes.
“It’s a bit challenging and it’s the robe and mayor’s costume,” said James. “It was really heavy and hot. It’s not something you would normally be wearing.”
After leaving the Assembly Rooms, the group went to the planetarium, accompanied by mayor John Hughes and teaching assistant Karen Thorn.
She said everyone at the planetarium had been ‘brilliant’.
After this, they went down to the canal basin and had lunch on a boat sailing up the canal. This was followed by a trip to Chichester Fire Station.
James said he had to give ‘a lot of handshakes’ throughout the day.
When the group returned to St Richard’s, they planted a maple tree in the school grounds to commemorate the day.
James and his Year 6 classmates won the chance to go round the city by writing a piece on what they would do if they were mayor for a day.