New Mayor of Rotherham takes officePublished Friday, 20th May 2016
Rotherham's new Mayor for 2016/17 is Cllr Lynsday Pitchley.
Lifelong Rotherham resident Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley is "immensely proud and excited" to be representing the borough as its first citizen for the coming year, after being officially sworn in as the new Mayor of Rotherham at the meeting of the Full Council today (Friday 20 May).
Sworn in to office just two days after her 40th birthday, Cllr Pitchley has become the borough's youngest ever Mayor – and she is full of energy and enthusiasm for her new role representing a town she loves.
"It's the sense of community that I love about Rotherham, and the warmth and humour which you come across wherever you go," said Cllr Pitchley.
"I have lived here all my life, and love bringing our two children up here. I'm just so immensely proud and excited to be able to fulfil this role and am really looking forward to getting out and about to meet people across the borough."
Married with two children, she added: "My husband David, along with our parents and our two children, are all really supportive and it's great to know that I have their backing. David runs his own business now, and has a lot to juggle – including being a fantastic husband and father – so I have called on the services of a very dear and lifelong family friend, Alex Armitage, to be my Consort.
"Alex has always thrived on being really active in the community and so he will be perfect in this role – I know he feels very honoured to represent the borough."
It was in 2011 that Cllr Pitchley was first elected to the Council, and she now represents the Holderness ward. Having suffered ill health from a young age, she missed out on a lot of her schooling and left with few formal qualifications. She was determined that this would not hold her back, and has been an active member of the community as well as a full-time mum and home-maker.
Her roles include Chair of Aston-Cum Aughton Parish Council, and she sits on the governing bodies of several local schools. Cllr Pitchley is also Rotherham Council's mental health champion, with the aim of promoting mental health issues.
Her interest in public office started at an early age. Aged 10, she met former Mayor Cllr Jack Skelton on a Mayor's visit to her school. "I was so excited to meet him, and got his autograph on the day – which I still carry around with me as inspiration about the role," said Cllr Pitchley. "Sadly he passed away in 2001 so will not be able to see me in office, but I hope I would make him proud."
Alongside her Consort, she will raise money for three charities which are close to her heart – Alzheimer's Society, the National Autistic Society (Rotherham Branch) and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
"Supporting people with mental health issues, in whatever form they take, is really important – I suffered from post-natal depression and know how important it is that the right support is in place for people," said Lyndsay. "My son is also autistic and so we wanted to use this opportunity to back a charity which does some great work in this area.
"I know the people of Rotherham have big and generous hearts, and I thank them in advance for their support over the coming year."
Cllr Pitchley will be supported by Cllr Eve Rose Keenan as Deputy Mayor.
Rotherham's Annual Civic Parade and Service will take place tomorrow (Saturday 21 May), leaving the Town Hall at 10.25am. The parade, led by the Barnsley Sea Cadets Band, will leave Rotherham Town Hall at 10.25am and make its way down Moorgate Street.
The parade will turn right down High Street, then left along College Street, before bearing right down Effingham Street. At Efffingham Island, the parade will turn left into Frederick Street and then left again up Bridgegate towards All Saints Square and on to Upper Millgate. From here, the parade will turn left up Church Street and then left again to Rotherham Minster, where a service will be held at 11:00am. At approximately 11.45 a.m. the Parade will reform and go up Moorgate Street where it will disband outside the Town Hall at approximately 12 noon.
Taking part in the parade will be:
- Dr Giles Bloomer, Vice Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Mrs Bloomer
- Dr Julie MacDonald, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and Mr Neil MacDonald
- Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, Deputy Mayor of Rotherham and Consort
- Cllr Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council
- Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive of Rotherham Council
- Mayor of Barnsley
- Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield
- Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster
- Master and Mistress Cutler
Also taking part will be other representatives of Rotherham Council, Freemen of the Borough, local organisations and marching contingents, along with the Mayor's close family and friends.
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