Council chairman begins his year
THE new chairman of Lancashire County Council has begun his year in office.
County Councillor Terry Aldridge, who represents Skelmersdale Central, was appointed at the annual meeting of the full council.
A county councillor since 2005, Cllr Aldridge has also served on West Lancashire Borough Council since 1990, representing the Moorside ward. Over the past year he has served as vice chairman to County Councillor Janice Hanson during her year in office.
Cllr Aldridge was born in Liverpool and lived there until he was in his twenties.
He then moved to Skelmersdale while it was still being developed as a new town and describes himself as one of the “founder members”.
During his working life he spent many years in the construction industry, working in a number of roles including as a bricklayer.
During his year as council chairman, he is keen to highlight the work of community groups, sports clubs and volunteers throughout the county, which have been a big part of his life.
During his early life in Liverpool, he developed a strong interest in boxing and spent many years as a coach for the Skelmersdale/Birch Green ABC.
He is still a volunteer with the club.
He also took a prominent role in the early development of Sunday league football in the town, running an under15s side, and is currently president of the Skelmersdale Junior Football League.
Cllr Aldridge said: “I’m a proud Liverpudlian and also proud to represent Lancashire as chairman.
“It’s a big honour to be chosen for this role.
“I’ve been the older people’s champion for both West Lancashire and the county.
“It made me proud to get out and about to meet people across the county, listen to the things that concern them, and see how we can help.
“As chairman I’m looking forward to doing more of this, meeting lots of different people who live and work in this great county of ours.”
He is a proud dad to three daughters, with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The county council’s new vice chairman will be Anne Cheetham, who represents Rossendale South.
Cllr Aldridge added: “I’ve spent the past year working alongside Janice Hanson.
“She was an excellent chairman, and on behalf of Lancashire I’d like to thank Janice for her work over the past year.
“Congratulations to Anne, who will be vice chairman for the next year and I’m looking forward to working with her.”