However, just days later she sat on a committee to decide that a cat which is a regular visitor to the town hall should be barred from the building.
The cat, called Missy, had been a regular visitor to the hall since last summer, but last month Peggy’s predecessor as mayor Councillor Karen Brennan commissioned a special complaints panel to sit after other councillors claimed it posed a health and safety risk and could waste workers’ time.
Peggy sat with two other councillors last week to make a decision on the matter.
“But the main reason for this decision is because we had an official complaint from one of the councillors who had an allergy to cats. We don’t know who else, with an allergy, might come in.”
Peggy added that, officially, Missy was not welcome but noted that it could often be difficult to control where cats went.
Those in favour of Missy being allowed to stay had pointed out that former clerks and mayors had brought their dogs into the offices, insisting Missy was their “morale officer and town cat”.
One unnamed member of staff told Gloucestershire Live: “It’s just silly. They said previous people owned their dogs and we don’t own Missy.”
Of her term as mayor, Peggy said: “My big thing will be trying to help the town prosper by putting more events on that will attract people into the town.”