Christine is deputy mayor

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RASTRICK councillor Christine Beal is the new Deputy Mayor of Calderdale.

Councillor Beal (Con) was selected by Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor John Hardy to take up the role and was presented with her chain last week at Halifax Town Hall.

“I didn’t have a clue John was going to ask me and I was amazed and truly gobsmacked but thrilled to bits all at the same time,” said Coun Beal. “I am expecting to be very busy but being able to see a fantastic side of being a councillor. It is a privilege to represent Calderdale out and about and to meet so many people doing so many things day in, day out and not the people we tend to hear about.

“I feel privileged to meet these people and chat to them and find out what they are about and help them to feel special and make them feel valued. The people are what make Calderdale and to get a chance to meet those people is fantastic.”

Her first formal role was at a Northowram and Shelf jubilee lunch on Tuesday with her consort and husband Peter.

“I am wearing the old Brighouse chain which feels very appropriate and I think it is brilliant that it is still in use and being displayed and I hope people feel appropriate that it is being worn by someone from Brighouse,” she said.

Councillor Beal who works for Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker will be splitting her time between working in the constituency office in Brighouse, doing her councillor work in Rastrick and being deputy mayor. “I am looking forward to it all although I realise it is going to be very busy but I am more than happy to be extra busy for such an honour,” she said.

“I just want people to know that they are valued and let them know that what they do does make a difference and it does matter and it is important.”

Councillor Beal who was elected to the council two years ago will be attending Brighouse Charity Gala on June 30 and Mytholmroyd Gala.

Councillor Hardy said that his appointment as mayor was a dream come true. His official charity will be the Community Foundation for Calderdale.