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Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, England, to visit

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. —The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, England, Councilor Lee Mason will arrive in Portsmouth on Thursday, Aug. 30, for a four-day visit. Find out how you can meet the mayor here.

Photo courtesy of the Lord Mayor’s Office, Portsmouth, UK

A small group of local residents, who have arranged his itinerary over the next few days, will greet the mayor. His first stop will be a tour of the State House arranged by State Senator Jim Seveney and then he will pay a brief visit to Portsmouth’s Boys Town.

On Friday, he will visit Newport to tour the Old Colony House and other historic sites. On Friday evening, he will be hosted at an evening reception at the Portsmouth Historical Society, where he will meet with town and state political leaders.

The Portsmouth, England, mayor will have another busy day on Saturday, when he will tour Portsmouth’s historic and other sites led by Town Historian, Jim Garman, and then attend the USA-England polo match at the Newport International Polo Center.

Prior to his departure on Sunday, he will attend a “Cola and Cake with the Lord Mayor” reception, which is open to the public at Glen Park, in Portsmouth, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

When he departs on Sunday, he will head up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for another official call.

Subsequently, he will travel to Portsmouth, Virginia, to pay a call, thereby connecting with all three Atlantic Portsmouths, who are members of the Portsmouth Atlantic Compact, a loose organization created during Portsmouth’s 375th Anniversary in 2013 to foster cultural and economic ties among these four communities.

More information is available on the web at www.portsmouthatlantic.org.

Councilor Mason has served in the Portsmouth City Council for more than 18 years and first visited Rhode Island in conjunction with Portsmouth’s 375th Anniversary celebration. Since then, he has acted as host in the UK for several groups of local residents visiting there for their annual “Lord-Mayor Making” ceremony in May.

Please stop down at Glen Park on Sunday, Sept. 1, to say hello and get a photo with Lord Mayor, Lee Mason.

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