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‘Celebrating 25 Years’: council throws party for long-service staff

Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble. Photograph: Hackney Council

A 4 June ‘Celebrating 25 Years’ event at Hackney Town Hall gave awards to road sweepers, cleaners and librarians who have worked for the council for 25 years.

The council’s long service awards are held every year to recognise staff who have given their whole working lives to serving Hackney.

Attendees included Mayor Philip Glanville, Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble, cabinet member for HR Carole Williams, newly-elected speaker Clare Potter, and the senior management team, which includes the chief executive Tim Shields, and council directors and group directors.

The annual internal event for staff was made public when Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble posted on Twitter from the venue at 10.38pm, thanking the staff whom she said helped “make Hackney a place for everyone”.

A Hackney Council spokesperson said the purpose of the event was “to celebrate staff who have 25 years of service or more for the borough of Hackney”.

They said: “Staff received awards for 25 years of service each including road sweepers, cleaners and library workers.

“Just over 70 people attended including the nominated staff member and a nominated guest of their choice, i.e. spouse, partner or family member.

“The senior management team, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Carole Williams, cabinet member for employment, skills and human resources were in attendance along with the Speaker, Cllr Clare Potter.”

When asked which Deputy Mayor this referred to, the council spokesperson confirmed that newly-promoted joint Deputy Mayor Cllr Feryal Demirci did not attend the party.

Asked about publicity for the event, the spokesperson said: “No press releases were issued. This was simply an annual internal event for staff. No journalists were notified or invited for the same reason.”

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