INITIALLY, the Mayor Anne Cheale and Deputy Mayor Tunde Ojetola seemed to be mildly surprised more than anything that they were not invited to the Port of Tilbury’s 125th anniversary but as they were asked more and more it clearly became a bit of an issue and could have given the impression that they simply didn’t bother to turn up.
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price had the event in her packed diary but attended a number of other events that day.
The same applied to the Portfolio Holder, cllr Lynn Worrall who doubles up as the Tilbury councillor, whom, along with many other councillors, had no idea that the event was taking place.
Cllr Worrall seemed a little bit more vexed that no invitations had gone out.
She said: “I think we should have been invited. It was an important date in the borough’s history and civic year.
“I went down as a resident but there didn’t seem to be many residents there either.”
A spokesperson for the Port of Tilbury said: “This was an open day for the local community, employees and anyone who wanted to come along-invitations were not necessary.
The Mayor and Cllr Worrall would have been very welcome.”