Since I last wrote an article in the Echo I had only just taken up my role as Mayor of Calderdale and was not entirely sure what to expect.
I have to say that it has been a fabulous few months, meeting so many people in the area. Within a short space of time, you realise how many volunteers help in the community, and I would therefore like to pay tribute to them by thanking all those who help others. Both the Mayoress and I have enjoyed the many varied events we have been invited to, and will have some fantastic memories to last a lifetime. The Brighouse 1940’s weekend was a wonderful opportunity to meet a large number of residents in our home town – the event goes from strength to strength and encourages visitors from afar to come back to Brighouse. Over the past few months we have been to several schools, and have spoken about our roles as Mayor and Mayoress. We have had some very interesting questions from young people – I have to say I have been very impressed with the level of knowledge and their enthusiasm for learning – of course they were interested to find out the value of the Mayoral chains. The Young Book Review of the year held at the Halifax Town Hall, was a great opportunity for some young people from various schools to ask some of the authors questions about books they had read and reviewed. The Queens 90th birthday was a fantastic opportunity to help celebrate and bring people together in the area. We were invited to an afternoon tea party at a local school, a proms concert with Clifton and Lightcliffe Band and special celebrations with a number of local schools at the Victoria Theatre, followed by picnic in the park. Prior to the end of term, a local school really got into the spirit of the Olympics with their special Rio Carnival, with steel drums salsa dancing – we were even lucky with the weather. This year marked the 100 years anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. About 100 people attended a special service in the Bailiffe Bridge Memorial Park – a fitting tribute to all those who lost their lives – this was very moving, especially when the names and ages of those who died were read out. On August 1, Calderdale was host to Yorkshire Day celebrations – I welcomed distinguished guests and visitors from the whole of Yorkshire. There was a parade through the Town Centre which led to a service at the Halifax Minster. It was a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate all wonderful things about Yorkshire. The day also gave us an opportunity to highlight the great things happening here in Calderdale.