Welcome to Hyndburn’s new Mayor, Cllr June Harrison, whose Mayor Making Ceremony took place on Saturday, 25 May, at Accrington Town Hall.

Cllr Harrison, a Barnfield ward Councillor for the past eight years, moved to Accrington from Burnley fifty two years ago when she married her husband Chris.

Cllr Harrison said; “I’m so proud to be able to serve the Borough as Mayor and will give it my all during this special year.”

Cllr Harrison will be supported by her close knit family, husband Chris, their three sons and their wives; Christopher and Clare, Mark and Alex and Paul and Jayne, during her Mayoral year. Her four grandchildren, Archie, Charlie, William and Ciara already think she is royalty, and Archie, her eldest grandson, recently featured in the local press himself too as he has the same name as the new royal baby, Archie Harrison!

Her Mayoress will be Cllr Joyce Plummer, a close friend of many years, and neighbouring Peel ward Councillor. Cllr Harrison spoke at her Mayor Making ceremony of her sadness that their dear departed friend and fellow Councillor, Wendy Dwyer, wasn’t there to see it, as June, Joyce and Wendy worked together for the Borough for many years and were known affectionately as the ‘three Musketeers.’

Cllr Harrison loves to get outdoors and is passionate about her allotment and gardening. She was thrilled to see Peel Park and the Coppice achieve the status of Local Nature Reserve last year as she is also a founder Member of the Friends of Arden Hall and the Coppice. She said “We are blessed with so many beautiful parks and open spaces here in Hyndburn right on our doorstep.”

She plans to carry on her outdoor theme with her fundraising plans, which include garden parties and barbecues, raising lots of money for her four chosen Mayoral charities, Play4Uz2, a charity raising money for a dedicated Specialist Inclusive Play Area that caters for a broader range of children of all abilities, Derian House Children’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance and the Hyndburn branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.

In a break with tradition, Cllr Harrison’s Civic Service will be held at Accrington’s St Anne’s Church in July, which she has attended for over fifty years and where she is a long standing member of the Church Ladies Group.

Councillor Harrison is looking forward to the coming year and plans to attend as many events as possible, learn more about the businesses and organisations within the Borough, and raise lots of money for her chosen charities.