The tradition which really makes me proud

James and Ola Jordan reminded Gregg this week that helping others is a strong tradition in this country

James and Ola Jordan reminded Gregg this week that helping others is a strong tradition in this country

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Last week I had the pleasure of being involved with two very different events.

On Wednesday evening I hosted the mayor-making dinner in Kettering and got to see a whole formal process I’d never had any experience of before.

The investiture of a new mayor seems to be something still steeped in history and tradition.

I like anything which involves people having to dress up in their smartest attire but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how traditional the process was.

There was the handing over of the chains, of course, but I didn’t realise there would be a mace bearer who led the mayoral party in and out of the room with our own local version of the crown jewels.

I’m sure Keli Watts will be a great mayor for Kettering, as I’m sure all the new mayors being sworn in across the county will be for the boroughs they represent.

Two days later I had my tux on again, although this time it was for a glamorous ball helping to raise money for the NSPCC.

The guests of honour were James and Ola Jordan from Strictly Come Dancing and, as host, I had to interview the pair of them on the dancefloor in between their Argentine tango and rhumba.

I can honestly say they were two of the nicest people I ever met.

James Jordan is a consummate professional with a great manner, prepared to talk to everyone and a very quick wit. Ola Jordan wore her Strictly catsuits and both danced with party-goers who won the chance in an auction.

The key focus at both the mayoral event and the Strictly ball was charity.

At the former we found out about the great work the William Knibb Centre does, and at the latter tens of thousands were raised for the NSPCC.

For all the pomp and circumstance, the one tradition that made me proudest was how, even during troubled times, we still do what we can to help others.