‘Great hon­our’ for mayor Hilda

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ALONG-SERV­ING coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents the ru­ral ar­eas around Sut­ton has be­come the next mayor of Cheshire East.

Hilda Gad­dum was sworn in as the coun­cil’s sev­enth mayor at a cer­e­mony at Tat­ton Park.

Out­go­ing mayor Wes­ley Fitzger­ald handed over the cer­e­mo­nial red robe and may­oral chain at the coun­cil’s an­nual meet­ing.

Coun Gad­dum is the first coun­cil­lor from Macclesfield to take the role since Cheshire East formed, with for­mer mayor Roger West be­ing the next clos­est as an ex- Poyn­ton coun­cil­lor.

Coun Gad­dum, of Hollin Lane, Sut­ton, who has been a coun­cil­lor since 1999, said she is pleased to be­come the ‘first cit­i­zen of the bor­ough’ and fly the flag for Macclesfield.

She said: “I’m very hon­oured to be­come Cheshire East mayor and look for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing res­i­dents at events tak­ing place in the year.

“I’m de­lighted to be­come the clos­est bor­ough mayor to Macclesfield, it’s good for the town. I rep­re­sent a huge ru­ral com­mu­nity and will do my best for them. I will work hard to keep a high pro­file for the bor­ough and cel­e­brate our un­sung he­roes.”

Coun Gad­dum

was born in Sun­der­land, the daugh­ter of a cler­gy­man, and has been a poppy seller for 40 years.

Her par­ents moved to Dis­ley, where she met her late hus­band An­thony, a well-known Macclesfield silk mer­chant.

Her three grown-up sons were at the may­or­mak­ing cer­e­mony with their fam­i­lies.

She has been a Sut­ton coun­cil­lor since the bor­ough’s in­cep­tion, was the first chair­man of the Stra- te­gic Plan­ning Board and Cabi­net mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for chil­dren and fam­ily ser­vices.

She is a coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the board of gov­er­nors of King’s School and has held the bor­ough’s seat on the Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park Author­ity.

She has cho­sen her daugh­ter-in-law Jane as may­oress. Coun Olivia Hunter, for High Legh, was sworn in as deputy mayor.

Coun Gad­dum said she is firm be­liever in the role of may­ors coun­cils.

She said: “I think hav­ing a mayor is ter­ri­bly im­por­tant. We have our coun­cil leader and his Cabi­net, which are highly im­por­tant, but the mayor is apo­lit­i­cal and sits be­tween the coun­cil and the public to be a fig­ure­head for the com­mu­nity.”

Her char­i­ties dur­ing her year of of­fice will be Car­ers Trust 4all (for­merly Cross­roads) and East Cheshire Hospice.

in mod­ern

●● Hilda Gad­dum with her may­oress, daugh­ter-in-law Jane Gad­dum

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