Chairman thanked for Buckinghamshire's aid following Great Fire of London

  |  Published: Sep 8th 2016
Great Fire anniversary tea
From left, the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans with Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Val Letheren and the Chairman’s Consort, David Letheren.

Val Letheren, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, was invited to afternoon tea with the Lord Mayor of London earlier this month to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Buckinghamshire was one of a number of towns and boroughs throughout the UK who contributed financially to the rebuilding of the City following the catastrophic event that wiped out most of the Square Mile and left more than 65,000 people homeless. The area of Buckinghamshire raised a total of £353, 17 shillings and 8 pence to donate to the cause. In total £12,794 was raised – in today’s money that equates to around £1.9m.

Val and her husband David joined dignitaries from other towns, cities and areas across the UK at the special event held at Mansion House in London.

The Lord Mayor of London is no stranger to Buckinghamshire. The Corporation of London owns Burnham Beeches and the Lord Mayor pays an annual visit to the site to plant a new tree.

Val said: “It was an honour to be invited to this reception to represent the people of Buckinghamshire and the efforts they went to in order to help those devastated by the Great Fire.”

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