My first month as Mayor of Hyndburn has been an honour and privilege. I have met many community groups who are doing fantastic work in our borough, been to numerous wonderful events and spoken to hundreds of people in the process.
Some of the highlights have been: seeing young people recognised for their achievements at the Annual Apprenticeship Awards, sampling great food and entertainment at Accrington Food Festival, watching our local businesses get the recognition they deserve at the Hyndburn Business Awards and seeing the heart-warming community spirit from all at the Oswaldtwistle Carnival.
I have also had the honour of attending commemoration events as Mayor to represent the people of Hyndburn, to remember the Falklands War and also honour Armed Forces Day. This week, on Friday 1st July, there are two events everyone is invited to attend. On Friday morning at 10am there will be a wreath laying ceremony at St James’ Church in Accrington to remember all those lost in the Battle of The Somme.
In the afternoon, at 2:30pm people will be joining together at the War Memorial at Oak Hill Park, to commemorate 100 years since the cenotaph was unveiled. People are invited to bring a tribute or wreath to lay as part of this very important ceremony which is being led by The Royal British Legion. As I am unable to attend in person I would like to thank Deputy Mayor, Councillor Terry Hurn, who will be attending these events on my behalf.
Lastly, I am pleased to share that information about Hyndburn’s Platinum Jubilee Awards will soon be announced. During this year, of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, I will be inviting our community to nominate people who deserve recognition for their dedication and service to Hyndburn. My Mayoral committee will decide the winners and they will be invited to future full council meetings at Accrington Town Hall to receive their award and thank you.