Remembering Mrs Mona Ross Mitchell

Mrs Mona Mona Mitchell at Eastfield School, Lightcliffe
Mrs Mona Mona Mitchell at Eastfield School, Lightcliffe

Mrs Mona Ross Mitchell OBE, JP, is a name well remembered in Brighouse for many different reasons.

She was elected to Brighouse Borough council in 1955 and was the Mayor of Brighouse for 1964/65. She was on the first Calderdale Council in 1974 and was the Mayor of Calderdale 1976/77.

I always found her public speaking most impressive, no notes, never stuck for words and she would speak for at least 15 minutes. You might think that’s easy, but you try it and speak to a room of 50, 60 or even 100 people without notes and not one hint of what I call thinking noises erm, hmm and as Nicholas Parsons would say on the radio programme ‘Just a Minute’ without hesitation or repetition.

The members from many organisations and committees of the organisations she was involved with were often invited to her home in Bracken Road. The moment she opened the door to greet you her passion for collecting things was evident in the extreme and became legendary.

In this photograph taken on Monday, November 8, 1982, at Eastfield School in Stoney Lane at Lightcliffe, Mrs Mitchell is presenting students with their best attendance certificates.

Yes that’s 31 years ago most of these students will now be in their very late 30s and early 40s. Where have all those years gone, I am sure they have asked themselves that question many times. It only seems like yesterday and I wonder if they still have that certificate tucked away in the dark corner of a cupboard somewhere?

On the right hand side of the photograph is Mrs Pat Simpson the Education Welfare Officer, Mrs Bentley the Deputy Head Teacher and Mr Des Cameron the Head Teacher.