Former firefighter to be new MayorPublished Friday, 18th May 2018
A former firefighter is the new Mayor of Rotherham after being officially sworn in on Friday 18 May 2018.
Cllr Alan Buckley took over from Cllr Eve Rose Keenan in an official Council ceremony at the Town Hall, supported by his wife Sandra as Mayoress.
A civic ceremony took place in Rotherham the next day (Saturday, May 19).
The new Mayor’s chosen charities reflect causes which he has a personal affinity with, including a fire fighters’ charity.
He said: “My wife and I have dedicated so much of our time in supporting the community here in Rotherham over the years, so now is the right opportunity to share the experience together.
“I also want to have her as my consort as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all her support over the years.”
The pair are expanding on a lifetime’s work supporting Rotherham’s communities, which began after marrying in 1975 and becoming parents, leading them to get involved with school activities and joining the board of governors.
Cllr Buckley’s career as a firefighter helped him to become involved with unions and local ward councillors, and coupled with his work with the school boards and in the community, he progressed to become a borough Councillor in 2010, following retirement from the fire service.
“I’ve always wanted to do something for the local community,” he added. “I did do this through being a firefighter and we got more involved when the children went to school. I never imagined that one day I would have the great honour and privilege to be Rotherham’s Mayor and First Citizen.
“There are so many good activities, groups and charity work that take place, and it often goes unnoticed. We’re looking forward to using our time in office to bring this excellent work to the forefront and show the world what Rotherham and its people stand for.”
The new Mayor’s chosen charities are:
- The Fire Fighters Charity, which benefits serving and retired firefighters and their families
- Rotherham Headway, supporting people with head injuries
- Dr Ted children’s appeal for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, which raises funds for toys and specialist medical equipment to ensure children and young people have the best experience possible whilst in hospital