CIVIC leaders, figures from local politics and church dignitaries turned out to welcome Burnley’s new Mayor.
Coun. David Heginbotham (71) was handed the Mayoral chain as he took over as the town’s first citizen from Coun. Tony Lambert at a mayor making ceremony at the town hall.
In a speech to guests, Coun. Heginbotham said the regeneration of Burnley in employment and housing would take time but added he was confident of its success. “Burnley has all the ingredients for a progressive future, and when visitors and future businesses come to see Burnley, to establish or relocate here, they are overwhelmed by its beautiful surrounding countryside, its vast parklands and the friendliness of its townsfolk.”
Coun. Heginbotham, a self-employed businessman since the age of 19, was first elected to the council in 1991. He is a Conservative ward councillor for Cliviger and Worsthorne and attributed much of his political success to his wife Joan, who will be Mayoress. Pendleside Hospice is their chosen charity.
Coun. Ida Carmichael offered a vote of thanks to Coun. Lambert, seconded by Coun. Howard Baker, in which she paid tribute to the way he continued to be an exemplary Mayor despite illness.
Coun. Lambert and his wife and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Lambert raised more than £21,800 during their term in office which will be split between Burnley Play Association, the North-West Air Ambulance and the chemotherapy unit at Burnley General Hospital.
He finished his speech by thanking the Mayoress’s Committee and the people of Burnley for helping to raise money for the charities.
“To become the Mayor of the borough of Burnley has been a privilege and a wonderful experience for my Mayoress and I,” he said.