Mayor’s Viewpoint – Cllr June Harrison

It’s tough not to be able to spend time with our families and so it’s been wonderful to be able to meet with those special people in our bubbles again after lifting of the enhanced Covid 19 measures by the Government recently, bringing the Borough back in line with national measures.   A big thank you goes to the people of Hyndburn – it’s your hard work and sacrifices which has made this possible.

Covid hasn’t gone away though and it’s vital that we all carry on playing our part to stop the spread of this terrible disease and avoid further intervention measures in Hyndburn. The basic messages remain the same; wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, avoid touching your face, social distance from those not in your household or bubble, wear a mask in public places (unless you are exempt), and participate in the test and trace service.  By all doing this we can help to protect the wider community and our vulnerable residents.

Also please keep on supporting our fantastic local businesses.  You can buy everything you need right here in the Borough and by doing this we’re helping Hyndburn businesses and the economy, so please #ThinkHyndburn and support local businesses as much as you can.

Usually as Mayor I’d love to see as many people as possible coming along to events in the Borough, but in these Covid 19 times we’ve had to adapt to celebrating and commemorating important moments in our history in a safe way, respecting social distancing and gathering guidelines.

21st August saw the annual ‘Crying of the Fair’, maintaining a tradition started in 1338 in Great Harwood. I was honoured to join the Mayoress, the Town Crier and members of the Civic Society for a socially distanced version of this traditional event, marking a historic moment in Great Harwood’s proud history.

Saturday 15th August marked the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – Victory in Japan – the actual end of the second World War.  To commemorate this anniversary and the efforts and sacrifice of those who served in the pacific theatre of war, two ceremonies took place simultaneously in the Borough, following social distancing guidelines.

Council Leader, Miles Parkinson OBE, attended a short parade and service which took place by the Cenotaph in Oakhill Park, Accrington, organised by the Accrington branch of the Royal British Legion.  I attended a  simultaneous service which was held in the grounds of Churchfield House, Great Harwood, both services safely commemorating and honouring all those who served in that dreadful conflict.

Finally, just a reminder that the Hyndburn Hub is still here for anyone suffering hardship due to the ongoing pandemic and remains open and active for those who need urgent support. Please get in touch if you, or someone you know, is suffering and please let others know help is available. Providing essential and urgent support, the Hyndburn Hub can be contacted 7-days a week.

To help the team get back to you as quickly as possible please email in the first visit Hyndburn Council’s website, or call: 01254 388 111