Richard looks back on a year when he got to know us better

Retiring Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White
Retiring Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White

THE retiring Mayor of Todmorden has got to know the town a lot better during his year in office.

Coun Richard White has attended more than 100 functions in Todmorden and surrounding areas over the past 12 months, meeting lots of people in the process.

“I said last year when I started my year of office that I wanted to learn more about Todmorden and I have certainly done that,” he said.

During his time as Mayor, Coun White opened businesses, attended exhibitions, watched performances and listened to musical concerts.

He said particular highlights were opening Incredible Edible Todmorden’s training compound in Walsden and helping to launch the Paulinus Way pilgrimage route between Todmorden and York.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to support so many of the voluntary organisations in Todmorden and see first hand all the hard work that people put in to keep all these organisations going,” he said.

“It’s been good to see what our young people are involved in, attending celebrations for the Guides and Scouts.”

He said the school visits were especially enjoyable, with “incessant questioning” from children about the value of the Mayor’s chain.

“One small boy asked if it was pirate gold,” he said.

Coun White represented Todmorden on a visit to Roncq to celebrate 30 years of twinning and also attended a special event at Halifax Minster to launch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He thanked everybody who helped to make it such a memorable year.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be Mayor for the year and to get to know you better and discover lots of things about this wonderful town,” he said.

Over the past 12 months, a total of £1,562.44 has been raised for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT), his civic charity.

Bob Uttley, from CVSRT, thanked all who contributed. “We are delighted to receive this money, which we will gladly use for the team,” he said.