New town mayor ‘proud and hum­bled’ at role

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE NEW mayor of Mac­cles­field has been elected for the year.

Alift Hare­wood-Jones has a long his­tory in lo­cal coun­cils since mov­ing to Mac­cles­field more than 50 years ago to com­plete her mid­wifery training.

She be­came a Labour coun­cil­lor on Mac­cles­field Bor­ough Coun­cil in 2001 and with the ex­cep­tion of two years has rep­re­sented the West Ward, now known as West and Ivy, and is now a coun­cil­lor for Cheshire East. She has been deputy mayor for Mac­cles­field bor­ough, the Char­ter Trustees and last year for Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, as well as mayor of Mac­cles­field for the Char­ter Trustees in 2012-13.

Coun Hare­wood-Jones, who will be sup­ported by Coun Bev­er­ley Doo­ley as her deputy, is in­tro­duc­ing two new features in her time as mayor.

The first is a mayor’s cadet for the first time - Emily Storer, who will carry out du­ties with the mayor through the year, and she wants to cre­ate a big­ger cel­e­bra­tion of St Ge­orge’s Day in­volv­ing var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She said: “I am very proud and hum­bled to have been elected. The town coun­cil has been good for Mac­cles­field since form­ing two years ago. Now we are all work­ing to­gether. My mantra is for­ward to­gether. Mac­cles­field is be­com­ing more and more multi cul­tural and it has enough to wel­come those evolv­ing cul­tures.”

Coun Hare­wood-Jones takes over the role from Coun Liz Durham, who has left her post af­ter do­nat­ing nearly £2,500 raised dur­ing the year to Park Lane Spe­cial School and the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

Coun Durham said: “Thank you to ev­ery­one who gave so gen­er­ously to my char­ity fund.

“Be­ing Mayor of Mac­cles­field was an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. I met lots of won­der­ful peo­ple who work hard to make the lives of oth­ers bet­ter and it’s very grat­i­fy­ing to give some­thing back.”

●● Alift Hare­woodJones be­comes new mayor of Mac­cles­field, pic­tured with her cadet Emily Storer

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