Burnley’s new Mayor was installed this week and vowed to support Macmillan Nurses and the Neonatal Baby Unit at Burnley General Hospital during her year in office.
In a colourful ceremony at Burnley Town Hall, Coun. Liz Monk took over the scarlett cloak and Mayoral chains from Coun. Andy Tatchell to begin a hectic year of public appearances meeting people and organisations around the town.
Coun. Monk (51) has served Trinity Ward on Burnley Borough Council since 2001 when she won a by-election, and this week all those years of hard work were rewarded when she was honoured by becoming the town’s first citizen.
By her side will be her husband of 30 years, Richard, who will act as consort; and one of her oldest friends, Brenda Lambert, will be her Mayoress. This will be Brenda’s second time as Mayoress as she was by the side of her late husband Tony when he was Mayor.
Coun. Monk, who works as a carer for people with learning disabilities at Fern House, said she was looking forward to an exciting, rewarding and busy year. She said: “When I served on the Mayoress’s Committee I realised how an awful lot of people work so hard giving up their time to help others and fund-raise for charities year in year out. I hope to meet a lot of these groups during my year.”
Wednesday’s Mayor making ceremony in the Town Hall council chamber was packed with fellow councillors and all her family and friends, including her husband and two proud daughters, Fiona (25) and Marina (22).
Husband Richard is the caretaker at Burnley United Reformed Church where the Mayor is also a member and where she will hold her Civic Sunday service. Richard previously worked at Michelin. The new Mayor, a former Burnley Girls’ High School pupil, who was born and bred in Burnley, said it was a year to give her time to her town.
The installation ceremony involved a nomination by Coun. Tony Martin which was seconded by Coun. Ida Carmichael. Coun. Monk thanked the outgoing Mayor for his tireless work and said she would “Endeavour to be an ambassador for the borough that means so much to me.”
She chose her charities because she said she saw the invaluable work of Macmillan Nurses when she lost her mother to cancer and was herself a premature baby and her parents spoke very highly of the care the family received from the neonatal unit.