The fell running new Mayor of Todmorden will be going the extra mile to promote the town and all it has to offer during her civic year.
Keen sportswoman Coun Jayne Booth - who is an 800m runner, footballer, rugby player and has a black belt in karate - took the chain of office at the annual Mayor’s Day celebration at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday.
Coun Booth said: “I feel really honoured and privileged to be here today and I would like to thank you all for sharing this moment with me.
“I aim to do things that other Mayors haven’t done.”
She was asked to become the new Mayor of Todmorden while in an unusual location - camping along the route of Hadrian’s Wall during a charity walk.
“Last year was an extremely difficult year for my family,” she said. “My mum lost her battle with cancer.
“But throughout that year, my mum’s courage and determination was truly inspirational.
“I spend a lot of time doing events.
“I’m a great believer that we often spend time thinking up reasons why we can’t do something, whereas if we can think up one reason why we can, we can truly achieve.”
Her mayoral charity is one that is close to her heart - Overgate Hospice.
Coun Diana Tremayne, who nominated Coun Booth for the Mayor’s role, said: “She was really keen to move here five years ago because of Todmorden’s diversity and because it’s such a welcoming place which she says ‘oozes community spirit’.
“Jayne puts a huge amount back into the community as a town councillor and Calderdale councillor.”
In his farewell speech, retiring Mayor Coun Abid Hussain reflected on what he described as “a fantastic year”.
“I would like to say how fabulous it has been meeting all the various organisations and businesses in Todmorden, and visiting old people’s home and schools,” he said.
“I attended over 120 events in the past 12 months and I enjoyed them all.
“But the highlight would be meeting Princess Anne, and going to the carnival in an open top car.
“We raised £1,700 for Age UK. Thank you very much for donating.
“Special thanks to my fellow councillors and my family for helping me.
“It was an honour and a pleasure to be Mayor of Todmorden.
“I wish Jayne all the best for the next 12 months.”
Giving the vote of thanks, Coun Margareta Holmstedt said Coun Hussain had been a very popular and hard-working Mayor.
“No Mayor has enjoyed the job as much as Abid has,” she said.
“His sheer delight in every event has spread to everyone else and increased their enjoyment.”