Students meet the Mayor of Walsall

A group of students from St Thomas More Catholic School’s Youth SVP Group paid a very special visit to the Mayor of Walsall , Councillor Angela Underhill, today as part of the school’s Careers Week.

The trip was organised in order to reward the students for the dedicated support they provide to the school, and also to allow them to learn about the role of the Mayor and what this involves.

The Mayor, who took up office in June 2015, chatted to the students about their education, interests and aspirations.

First Citizen

Councillor Underhill has lived in Bentley since 1965, when her family moved there to keep a pub.

She has been a councillor since 1996, and was a manager in the industry trade for many years prior.

Both a mother and grandmother, Councillor Underhill has also been a governor at Jane Lane Special School and is involved with the Friends of Darlaston.

Now she holds the coveted role as the borough’s First Citizen for the next 12 months – a title the 69-year-old says she is proud of.

Councillor Underhill said: “It’s something I didn’t ever expect to happen to me and I’m really proud to be representing the people of Walsall.”

The Mayor was joined by her husband, John, who holds the position of Mayor’s Consort.


The students, who were accompanied by staff members Miss Chahal and Miss McAlister, took the opportunity to ask the Mayor some intelligent questions. Miss Chahal added, ‘We were really proud of al lthe pupils who attended. They behaved impecable. We hope they took something away from the experience.