KIRKLEES has a new first citizen.
Colne Valley Lib Dem Clr David Ridgway was elected unanimously yesterday to the role of Mayor of Kirklees.
“I want to build bridges between the corporate face of the council and the voluntary sector,” said the 65-year-old from Linthwaite.
Clr Ridgway announced a novel way to raise money for his chosen charity – the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust.
He called on fellow councillors to sponsor him for every kilogram he loses during his year as mayor. Clr Ridgway’s weight yesterday stood at 108.25kg, or 17 stone.
“I will be delighted to lose weight during the next year,” the new mayor told councillors at yesterday’s annual meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Clr Ridgway’s wife Karen will serve as mayoress.
Mirfield Conservative Clr Martyn Bolt was elected to serve as Clr Ridgway’s deputy, with his wife Liz as deputy mayoress.
In an unusual move, Clr Ken Smith voted against Clr Bolt becoming the second citizen of Kirklees.
The Ashbrow Labour man is angry that Clr Bolt is going to Wembley on Saturday to watch Town in the League I play-off final rather than opening the new £2m Northfield Hall Community Centre in Sheepridge.