Having a ball with new Mayor and Mayoress

Dignitaries had a ball at a civic dinner to welcome the new Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley.

Coun John Walker, who was officially appointed to the role last week, will be joined by his wife, Marie as mayoress.

They hosted the annual civic dinner in the Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall on Friday and were joined on the top table by Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and his wife Cath.

Leading politicians, including the leader and deputy leader of the council, joined John’s colleagues from the Conservative group as well as many family and friends for the black tie dinner. Veteran politician and Independent, Coun Ralph Snape, was attending his 39th annual civic dinner with wife Joyce.

The Rev Martin Cox from St Laurence’s Church led the prayers and John gave a speech before a reply on behalf of his guests presented by Coun Peter Goldsworthy. The evening was followed by a civic parade on Sunday to mark the appointment of the new mayor and mayoress.

Coun Walker said: “I am looking forward to meeting lots of different people and organisations over the next 12 months. I am especially looking forward to meeting volunteers and thanking them for all their hard work. It is an honour to be chosen to be mayor.”