Civic office holders
The Lord Mayor
The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner has lived and worked in Seasalter for the last 10 years and has been a councillor for the Seasalter ward since 7 May 2015. He is married to Julie and has three grown up daughters and four grandchildren.
Colin was born in Barking, Essex, and was educated at a local secondary modern school, leaving at the age of 15 with very few qualifications.
He joined the City of London police force in 1974 and later transferred to the Metropolitan Police, where he served for many years in various roles before going on to be a dog handler in southeast London.
After leaving the police, Colin went on to run his own security company for 10 years and has just retired from running his own boarding kennels in Seasalter.
In his spare time, Colin can be found exercising his pet working cocker spaniel Mocha. He is also a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner and works with dog training clubs in the east Kent area.
He has recently taken up golf again after a 10 year break and has joined a local club.
The role of the Lord Mayor
The Lord Mayoralty is the highest office that the city council can bestow.
The Lord Mayor is elected annually from among the city councillors and is the 'first citizen' of the district, as well as the official representative of the Crown.
In effect, this means that anywhere within the district, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury takes precedence over all others except for royalty or the Lord Lieutenant of Kent (if representing HM the Queen).
Apart from these duties, the Lord Mayor plays a big part in community life in Canterbury district, where they are often involved in a variety of historical, ceremonial and charitable activities.