MAYORAL mascot dogs and a travelling art exhibition are among the fresh ideas from Rotherham’s new mayor.
Cllr Eve Rose Keenan was formally installed the borough’s first citizen at the annual council meeting on Friday.
Her charity choices for her year in office are Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, Open Minds Theatre Company, art project Love Is Louder, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and homeless charity Shiloh.
Cllr Keenan said: “I’m going to have a mascot dog from Thornberry. Hopefully, I’ll have 12 mascot dogs as they all go to good homes.”
The mayor’s first four-legged friend is Lotty, a six-month-old patterdale terrier, who made her debut at the Mayor’s Parade on Saturday.
Another new idea is a fundraising art exhibition, which will see pieces displayed at Rotherham Town Hall before moving to various places across the borough.
“They will travel round to places where art is not often seen, like working men’s clubs and steelworks,” said Cllr Keenan.
The artwork will be sponsored by businesses and auctioned off at the end of the year.
Previous mayor Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley raised a record £80,000 during 2016/17 for the Alzheimer’s Society, Rotherham’s branch of the National Autistic Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind.