PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’s namesake city in the United Kingdom will visit Portsmouth, Rhode Island, at the end of August to continue the close relationship between the two municipalities established during Portsmouth’s 375th-anniversary celebration in 2013.
City Councillor Lee Mason, the current Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, UK, will be hosted by the town of Portsmouth and the 375th Legacy Group, a small, private group comprised of some former members of Portsmouth’s 375th Anniversary Steering Committee.
Members of this group first met Councillor Mason when he visited Rhode Island in 2013, as a part of the UK contingent accompanying the then Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynn Stagg, who helped celebrate Portsmouth’s 375th anniversary. Over the past few years, he has personally hosted several visits in the UK by 375th Legacy group members.
Lord Mayor is an honorific title of a mayor in a major city in the United Kingdom, bestowed by the Sovereign. Portsmouth was granted the title in 1928 by King George V and is one of only 23 cities in the UK to be so honored.
Due to the Lord Mayor’s interest in local history, his schedule while here in Portsmouth will include tours of several local historic sites and a reception hosted for the town by the Portsmouth Historical Society in their museum building on Union Street.
In addition, the Lord Mayor will attend the USA-England Polo match at the Newport International Polo field in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 1.