06:08PM, Thursday 26 May 2016
After hanging up her mayoral chains at the end of a busy year in the job, Cllr Eileen Quick said it was hard to pick a highlight of the past 12 months.
The Conservative councillor for Clewer East has attended many prestigious events across the borough, starting with the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the Magna Carta in May last year, and more recently at the Queen’s 90th birthday walkabout in Windsor.
“It was a nice way to top and tail the year,” she said.
Having given dozens of talks to the younger residents of the Royal Borough and found out about the hard work of all the volunteers in the community, the 68-year-old has learned a lot during her time in the job.
She said: “I have learnt a lot about human nature.
“I met a lot of volunteers who do so much for our community, they are the happiest people.
“I already volunteer for the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor and so with having more time I hope to continue volunteering there and do as much as I can.”
Each new mayor is allowed to choose a charity for the year they wish to support through various fundraising events during their year in office.
Cllr Quick picked Thames Hospice as hers, and raised £12,150 for the charity.
The York Road, Windsor, resident said: “I am proud of how much I raised, but also of how generous people are.”
At the mayor-making ceremony at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday, Cllr Quick, who has served on the council since 2000, handed over her chains to Cllr Sayonara Luxton, who served as deputy mayor previously.
The former home economics teacher is confident her successor will do a good job and is enthusiastic about the role.
For Cllr Quick, a mother-of-two and grandmother of one, being mayor was a family affair.
Her father Francis Burton also served as mayor of the Royal Borough in 1961 and then again in 1971.
Cllr Quick said: “As my father served as mayor I had a bit of an idea of what to expect but I don’t think anything can prepare you.
“But I think he would be proud of how John (her husband) and I have conducted ourselves.
“Thank you to my team and deputy, I wouldn’t be able to do this role without them.”
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