Coun­cil chair­man be­gins his year

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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.”

County Coun­cil chair­man Terry Aldridge

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