OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to offer its congratulations to Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband, former Oldham councillor and Oldham RLFC forward Adrian Alexander, on the extension of her term of office as Mayor until May, 2021.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Mayor’s fund-raising and civic appointments, hence the extension of her duties as the metropolitan borough’s First Citizen for another year, to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the full Council on June 17.
The club is hugely grateful for the support and backing of both the Mayor and her Consort and also the borough’s Youth Mayor for 2019-20 Samah Khalil, all of whom made several visits to the Vestacare Stadium to watch Roughyeds home games during our 2019 promotion season.
Although he is usually seen resplendent in his chain of office, the Mayor’s Consort is still known popularly at the club as “our Alex” — a fond throwback to his days as a talented and ball-handling front-row forward at Waterheddings.
He played in 80 games between 1979 and 1983, scoring 12 tries –an unusually high total for a prop — and becoming a fans’ favourite with his fellow forward capture from Rugby Union in the south of England, Bob Mordell.
Talking about her second year as Mayor, Councillor Ginny Alexander said:
“It’s a huge honour to be Mayor of Oldham, but in the last few weeks the role has changed hugely due to the pandemic.
“Before the lockdown I was (regularly) attending events around the borough and also representing the town further afield.
“Since the lockdown I’ve not been able to do any of that which is a real shame because I like meeting people face to face.
“Extending my term of office will hopefully give me the chance to start doing that again and I’ll also be able to carry on fund-raising again which is an important part of the mayoral role.”
The congratulations of club chairman Chris Hamilton and all at the club are offered to the Mayor and her Consort, together with best wishes for another successful year.