Young Nathan tastes life as Rotherham’s mayor

Nathan Berry, aged 11, in his Rotherham junior Mayoral robe.
Nathan Berry, aged 11, in his Rotherham junior Mayoral robe.
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Schoolboy Nathan Berry swapped his normal half term holiday for a day in the hot seat - as the Mayor of Rotherham.

The 11-year-old spent a day as the borough’s first citizen yesterday, opening a fair at Magna and touring the town hall while donned in civic robes.

His favourite moment was visiting the family-run business Pastures Moo ice cream kiosk at the Parkgate shopping centre.

The St Bede’s Catholic Primary School pupil said it was the ‘best bit of the day’.

Rotherham Council’s tradition of having a junior mayor scheme was resurrected 20 years ago.

But it originally dates back to when Archbishop Thomas Rotherham left church vestments in his will for the use of a ‘child bishop’ at the college named after him.

The child bishop was elected from among the choristers and invested on St Nicholas’ Day, as he was the patron saint of boys and scholars.

Current Mayor of Rotherham, Coun John Foden, accompanied Nathan on his duties for the action-packed day.

Coun Foden said: “It’s a great honour to have this young man with us representing the young people of Rotherham.”