Historic Mayor-Making ceremony takes place in Moot Hall

The new Mayor of Clitheroe town, Coun. Mark French, with consort Gill French, right, join in the parade around the town, part of the Mayor Making ceremony in Clitheroe.
The new Mayor of Clitheroe town, Coun. Mark French, with consort Gill French, right, join in the parade around the town, part of the Mayor Making ceremony in Clitheroe.

The historic “Mayor Making” ceremony was held at the annual meeting of Clitheroe Town Council, which also incorporated awards for service to the town.

The centuries-old tradition, which took place at the historic Moot Hall, saw Coun. Mark French elected as Clitheroe Town Mayor for 2016-2017, and Coun. Maureen Fenton installed as Deputy Town Mayor.

In the first part of the meeting, chaired by former town mayor Coun. Susan Knox, Service to the Town awards were given to Andrew Belcham, the main organiser of the Clitheroe bonfire and to Captain Elizabeth Smith and Lieutenant Brenda Wise of the Ribble Valley Branch of The Salvation Army, for their work helping disadvantaged people within the community. They were thanked by Coun. Knox for their unstinting commitment to the town and the selfless way in which they carry out their work with “humility and kindness to all”.

Capt. Smith said: “We are so honoured to receive this award. We are able to go about our work with the help of the wonderful people of Clitheroe and we are very touched to have been recognised in this way.”

Dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony included the Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Bridget Hilton and the Chief Executive of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Marshal Scott, who then, along with the rest of the civic party, took part in the procession through the town. In keeping with tradition, the group was led by the towns Halberdiers and the Town Sergeant. The procession left the Moot Hall, for a reception at the St Mary’s Centre, via Church Street, York Street and Well Terrace.