Delighted to be the new Mayor

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On May 18 I was delighted to have been chosen as the New Mayor of Calderdale.

I am looking forward to meeting many people throughout the course of the year.

I have already been invited to attend a number of events, which I am looking forward to.

During my first few weeks in office as Mayor, I have already attended a number of events, including a wonderful concert at the Minster performed by members of the Overgate Hospice Choir and special guests.

I’ve also been to a street market in Elland to promote businesses in the area following the dreadful flooding and had a visit to White Windows Residential Home to help residents celebrate 60 years of its existence – this was quite moving, especially as one resident who was reaching the age of 80 had lived there throughout the whole period.

Prior to my visit to the residential home, I carried out some research about the person behind Cheshire Homes – group captain Leonard Cheshire – born in 1917 and died on July 31 1992 having been awarded a Victoria Cross. Following his retirement from the Airforce, he founded a hospice that grew into the charity.

He was very keen to promote and to protect dignity and independence for all residents with special care needs. There are now over 100 homes. This weekend I am looking forward to attending and supporting a number of events in my home town of Brighouse as the town gets ready to step back to the 1940s.

This is a wonderful weekend organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative, and I would like to thank them for their efforts once again.

The weekend unites a variety of people in the town and also makes you realise how lucky we are to live in a peaceful community.

I would like to pay a special tribute to those, who not only fought in the Second World War, but all wars, including recent conflict – I cannot start to imagine the pain families go through, especially when loved ones are injured or killed in action.

So whilst we enjoy the events of the 1940s weekend, I would like to also reflect and pay a thought for all those who a have and who are serving in the armed forces and their families and support networks. I am sure there are many highlights in most Mayoral years and I feel fortunate that this year we will be helping to celebrate the many events planned to mark the Queen’s special 90th birthday. I feel we are so fortunate to have such a very dedicated Monarch, who has provided many years of service and shown so much passion and thought for others.

I would be interested to hear of anybody who is also celebrating their 90th birthday this year and would ask you send their details through to susan.hanson@calderdale.gov.uk

I would be delighted to meet and perhaps invite a few people to the Mayors parlour or perhaps a home visit if this is more appropriate or convenient.