New mayor takes hold of the robes

A NEW mayor was elected to serve South Kirkby and Moorthorpe at the town council's annual meeting on Tuesday.

The robes and chain of retiring mayor Coun Melvin Cole were handed over to Coun Patricia Evans.

Coun Evans said she was proud to accept her new role and chose her daughter, Gillian, to be mayoress.

She said: “The last time I was mayor was between 2004 and 2005. It was a difficult decision to make this time after my husband Malcolm died, but he had wanted me to do it.

“It’s a wonderful thing being asked to be mayor and I am looking forward to doing it again.”

Coun Thomas Allsopp was elected as deputy mayor and chose his wife, Irene, as deputy mayoress.

Retiring mayor, Coun Cole, said it had been a wonderful year and he had no regrets.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed going out and meeting other mayors across the county.

“The relationship between South Kirkby and Moorthorpe and Calderdale has grown stronger. The people I’ve met have been wonderful – I’ve tried to give it my all.”

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council’s leader Laurie Harrison said: “We are grateful to Coun Cole and his wife for all the work they’ve put in over the past year.

“Coun Evans is a wonderful lady and I know it was emotional for her to accept the role without Malcolm.”

Father Timothy Kaye was appointed as the town mayor’s chaplain.

David Mothershaw was welcomed as a recently elected town councillor.