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Review of the year: May - 'Historic' elections, Covid jabs and hope for normality

May was an interesting month with many significant developments for Peterborough this year. 

The month staeted in a news sense with the much-awaited, delayed elections on May 6, where the city was voting for 23 city councillor's seats, electing a new Mayor for the Combined Authority, as well as a new Police and Crime Commissioner. 

It was commendable the way the elections were carried out amid the pandemic and restrictions, making sure precautions were in place to keep everyone safe. In-fact, Returning officer Gillian Beasley said it was one of the toughest elections to organize.

The Conservatives made one gain, but still do not have majority control of the council. A coalition authority was formed with the support of Werrington First councillors. 

Nik Johnson from the Labour party defeated James Palmer, Conservative in the mayoral race, while Conservative candidate Darryl Preston was voted in as the new Police and Crime Commissioner.  

A week later, Cllr Fitzgerlad was announced the new leader for PCC. 

The elections were historic for the Green Party as Peterborough got its first all-Green Party ward – Orton Waterville. 

Apart from this, the council saw more young blood being voted in during the elections, including Oliver Salisbury's for Fletton and Stanground, at just 19 years of age, becoming the youngest ever for PCC. 

A few days after the elections, PCC chief executive, Gillian Beasley OBE confirmed her retirement, after nearly four decades of working in public service. She will retire early next year, following which Matt Gladstone will take over the role. 

Sadly, there were two stabbings that month in the city - one of the victims was a 9-year-old boy, while the other was a fatal stabbing at a house party, following which a murder investigation was launched..  

On a more positive note, Peterborough’s Lido celebrated its 85th birthday. It was opened for the first time by the then Mayor in 1936. 

The city came together to show their solidarity and support to Palestine. On May 22, hundreds gathered in Cathedral Square, who had come with flags, banners and posters to express their feelings and condemn the violence and unrest between Israel and Palestine. 

Peterborough Marathon returned on May 23, with hundreds of runners taking part on Sunday, May 23. Crowds lined the city streets to cheer them on and boost their spirits.

Towards the end of the month, things started to slightly look on the up for businesses as restrictions began to ease. The city even celebrated its 100,000th coronavirus jab on May 23. 

More businesses and hospitality venues started to announce that they were looking forward to returning, giving hope to people that normality will return soon, at least in some shape or form. 

And of course - Posh were promoted! Although fans weren't in the ground for their long-awaited return to the Championship, hundreds ploughed into the car park following a dramatic late comeback 3-3 draw against Lincoln. The Imps issued their own 'Mayday' after a brutal last 25 minutes - never a pen though, was it!?