At the Annual Louth Town Council meeting on Tuesday 16th May 2023, Councillor Julia Simmons was elected as Mayor of Louth and Chairman of the Council for 2023-24. Her husband, Mr. Alan Simmons will support her as Mayor’s Consort.
Councillor Sue Crew was elected Deputy Mayor for 2023/24.
Julia was born and educated in Louth attending King Edward VI Grammar School. She has had a very varied life, moving to London after gaining a scholarship to study Performing Arts at one of the most prestigious schools, Arts Ed. After graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre she went straight into show business as a dancer/actress/singer and choreographer. She has been extremely honoured to work with many big names such as Danny la Rue, Sir Norman Wisdom, Petula Clark, Stanley Baxter, Sir Derek Jacobi and countless others. Throughout her career she has met many of the Royal Family including Princess Diana, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, the then Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth. She has performed in films, TV, theatre, the West End, The Grosvenor and Royal Horseguards’ Hotels and St. James’ Palace. She co-founded a Children’s Theatre Company based in Scarborough. She was privileged to be invited to join the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, a show business charity organisation and has raised a considerable amount of money for them. She has done countless shows for the Not Forgotten Association Charity, the Royal Chelsea Pensioners and has therefore attended Buckingham Palace four times! During the recession of the 1990’s, when work was scarce, she graduated in Nursing from Greenwich University and worked on the bank in between showbiz engagements, as a Staff Nurse in both private sector and the NHS. She then became Matron/Manager of a private Nursing Home in Kent. Corporate businesses such as Marks and Spencers and Sainsburys later approached Julia to produce shows for them, so she formed her own Production Company and won a Business Award. She still runs her own company and also works as a self employed entertainer.
Julia is passionate about the town – past, present and future and is very much looking forward to meeting and speaking with residents and local organisations to help in the best way possible and cannot wait to represent Louth at events across the County where she will fly the flag for Louth and raise its profile as much as possible in the wider community.