Mayor of Croydon Council


Mayor Patricia Hay-Justice

My role as mayor is very important.   On the political side you always have the leader and the political establishment. Then there needs to be an individual  to champion that borough.  Making sure Croydon is seen in a great light, the brilliant buildings and green spaces, not as a concrete jungle.   We have a phenomenal  multitude of nationalities.   A most wonderful mix of individuals who live together in harmony.  Some boroughs don’t have that. it is Important  in the years to come , this intricately woven tapestry of individuals.

 

Working classPatricia Hay Justice Mayor of Croydon

Being raised in a working class household,  there was an expectation towards certain jobs.   I had to fight against what I‘ve been told by certain parts of the Establishments.  I think careers officers are employed to keep you in your place.  I used to call them the social regulators.  My mother was instrumental in reminding me that just because you respect your elders that doesn’t mean you can’t question what they tell you.

Role models

I’d love to say my role models were people like Mandela, but in reality they are much closer to home, my old next door neighbour, my teachers, my parents.  Growing  up,  it was about fairness.  There were certain teachers. very good in bringing things out in everybody.   They didn’t quite speak the same as me, nor were they from my background. They were more middle class, but it It wasn’t the class issue, it was the way they spoke to you.  My head teacher was the most amazing caring individual .

Playing out

I grew up in an area in Birmingham, surrounded by canals and factories, very industrial.  There was a railway, we had a field, but did not go over the railway, even though there was a bridge.   I thoroughly enjoyed living there, We were told we were very poor.  At no time did I consider myself poor.

Mayor at Festival

Patricia Hay-Justice at a Croydon Festival

I spent a lot of time with my siblings.  I was the matriarch.  We were the  generation of,  “Here’s your picnic, off you go to the park and play”.  That was the time when you would meet other individuals, when you would do a great deal of socializing.  Here’s the  bat and ball , would you like to come and play rounders, we’d get a team.  It was brilliant.

My parents

I have 2 fantastic parents, who said that you can be whatever you want to be.  Over the age of about 21 or so, my father has  become much more important.   I argued tremendously with him in my teens, he was a great sounding board.   We would argue about politics a great deal.  He’s much more left wing than I am.  That sparked off my interest in making a difference.

Education

My mother was instrumental in reminding me that just because you respect your elders  doesn’t mean that you can’t question.   This is not something that is taught in the local comprehensive.

You are taught to listen, but you’re not to question or discuss.  It is one of the most important things that are not taught in our schools today. It is very disappointing that it is still not happening.   Our youngsters are taught to just take things in.

I want to cry when I hear the amount of young minds which are  just being crushed.

Memorable moment

I just visualize when I became Mayor and my father was in the Gallery, he was amazing.  I could see how proud he was, he didn’t have to say anything.  I kew exactly how proud he was.  I got up to read my acceptance, his eyes were sparking.

Surprising moment

The benefit of my mother having my brother so late in life made me aware of the sheer hard work in bringing up a child.   I remember doing A levels late at night.   If this is life,  I need to work very hard to get out of this.   My most surprising moment was when I had this child put in my arms.   The realization that  I’ve go this human being that I’m responsible for.  The most surprising  was that I’d ever changed my mind about having a child.

Mayor peaking

Mayor speaking to Festival goers

Meet the Mayor

The Mayor holds events to raise money for her charities Mind and young homeless people, CAYSH.  (Croydon Association for Young Single Homeless)

“I became a proud permanent resident of Croydon, a community town where I found that neighbours converse and care.  Mark and I are the proud parents of two wonderful girls, both born at the previously know Mayday, who twice saved my life, and more recently that of my husband”

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/themayor/mayorofcroydon

Interview in the Mayor’s Parlour September 2015

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