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  The Mayor's Column

This last month has been a truly marvellous and momentous time for me, as on 30th June I was officially installed as Mayor of Hyndburn at Accrington’s magnificent Town Hall. It was extremely touching to be surrounded by my family, some of whom had travelled far and wide to be there to see me receive this great honour, as without their support none of this would be possible.

My wife Noreen is always my pillar of strength and I know her support as my Mayoress this year will be invaluable.  Our sons Rohan and Ayaan and my daughter Hira always make me proud, but particularly so at my Mayor Making when they were beside me to share in this special day and will be cheering me on throughout the year. 

Whilst I was truly happy to be amongst my fellow Councillors, colleagues, community and family at Mayor Making, there remained a void left behind by my late parents. I miss them very much but take comfort in the knowledge they would have been so proud to see me installed as Mayor and I’ll do my best to honour their memory and serve Hyndburn faithfully and well as Mayor.

It was a lovely hot sunny day for the Civic Parade and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the parade and the whole day itself, you all did a wonderful job and it’s a day that myself, my family and my guests will never forget.  

I was also delighted that Mayor Making was chosen to confer the title of Freeman of the Borough, the highest award the Council can bestow, on two of Accrington’s finest.  Legendary cricketer, coach, umpire and broadcaster David ’Bumble’ Lloyd and Cllr Bernard Dawson, former long serving Councillor of 38 years, who both received the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn, in recognition of their achievements and outstanding contributions to the area.  Congratulations to them both.

Mayor Making also coincided with the end of Armed Forces week which began with the raising of the Armed Forces flag ceremony in Oakhill Park at the cenotaph. This was a week to celebrate and recognise all of our Armed Forces who not only defend the UK and its interests but also work all around the world in many different roles to promote peace, deliver aid, provide security and fight terrorism. We also acknowledged and showed our support to the Veterans who have worked and fought hard to provide us with the freedoms we have today and to the Cadets who are learning the skills necessary to carry on the good work in the future.

 It was a welcome opportunity to show our support to the families of all service personnel who provide the continual support necessary for the Armed Forces to carry out their work. 

And finally, I’m very mindful of the great honour and privilege it is to serve as Mayor of Hyndburn and I promise that I will give it my all during the year. 

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