Lower Morden’s Councillor Mary Curtin will become the next Mayor of Merton at a special Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday 23 May. She will take over the role from Longthornton ward representative, Councillor Marsie Skeete who has served as Mayor of Merton for the past year.
Councillor Curtin was elected to Merton Council in 2014. She came to England aged 18 from Tipperary, Ireland as part of the government’s Windrush call for more nurses and London Transport workers to come to the UK. She initially lived and nursed at Warlingham Park Hospital working as a mental health nurse and then moved to general nursing at The Purley Cottage Hospital before returning to mental health nursing.
Councillor Curtin married in 1972 and has 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. She loves music and dancing and is thrilled that her children and grandchildren have taken after her in their love of Irish music and dance. She hopes to bring that fun to her year as mayor. She moved to Morden in 1984 and set up a charity due to the lack of community places to go with her husband following his stroke, other than the local pub. This prompted her to start the charity FISH (Friends In St Helier) 30 years ago which aims to engage the over 50’s in all aspects of life and prevent isolation by organising lunch clubs, befriending sessions and holidays.
Councillor Mary Curtin said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be nominated Mayor of Merton for the coming year. I am very much looking forward to embedding into the community a sense of bringing together the younger and older communities to create a unified, warm and friendly Merton family. I fully recognise the responsibility of being the borough’s first citizen and will carry out my duties to the best of my abilities by serving the community and following in the footsteps of the many great Mayors before me.”