Long serving councillor Roy Lees has donned the chains of office as the new Mayor of Chorley following the council’s annual meeting yesterday, Tuesday.
Coun Lees has spent a total of 16 years on the council, first representing Anderton, Heath Charnock and Rivington from 1996-2000, and then being elected in 2002 as councillor for Chorley South West Ward which he still serves.
His Mayoress is his wife Margaret who is no stranger to Chorley Council herself as she served as a councillor for many years, first for Coppull and then for Chorley South East ward, retiring six years ago.
The couple, who were both born and brought up in Coppull, are excited about their forthcoming year in office as the borough’s First Citizens.
Coun Lees said: “We’re proud to be the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley and we’re both particularly looking forward to meeting people from the various organisations and charities across the borough.
“It is especially poignant this year because we’re commemorating the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War and many men from Chorley and surrounding villages lost their lives with the Chorley Pals.
“This is something that’s particularly close to home because Margaret’s grandfather was a Chorley Pal and was killed at the Battle of the Somme.”
During their year in office, Roy and Margaret will raise money for their chosen charities - Home-Start Central Lancashire, Help the Homeless Chorley and St Catherine’s Hospice.