The Mayor of Clitheroe

The MayorThe Town Council has had a mayor since its inception in 1974 and its predecessor the Clitheroe Borough Council has had a mayor since Victorian times.

The Mayor is elected annually every May by the ten members of the Council and he represents all the people of the town in his role as first citizen for the next 12 months.

During their term of office the Mayor attends many events in and around the town. The three most important ones are the Mayor-Making ceremony, the Mayor’s Civic Sunday and Remembrance Sunday.

At Christmas time the Mayor holds an annual appeal for Christmas food parcels for the elderly in the town. The Mayor also makes annual Christmas visits to residential homes and Clitheroe Community hospital.

The Mayor makes 90th Birthday and Golden Wedding Visits and endeavours to attend all of the coffee mornings that are held in the Town Hall.

The Mayor is also involved in several local organisations where they hold an honourary title. Some of these organisations are Pendle Club and Clitheroe Concerts Society (as President of both), Clitheroe and District Scouts (as Vice – President) and Clitheroe Organ Society (as Patron).

The current Mayor is Councillor Mark French who is supported by his wife Jill who is the mayoress.

Past Mayors of Clitheroe Town Council

1974-1976 Leo Wells 1976-1977 John Blackburn
1977-1980 Robert Ainsworth 1980-1981 Leo Wells
1981-1982 Robert Ainsworth 1982-1984 John Cowgill
1984-1986 Howel Jones 1986-1988 James McGhie
1988-1989 Ian Brown 1989-1992 Patrick Shepherd
1992-1993 Denis McWilliam 1993-1995 Howel Jones
1995-1997 Stephen Holt 1997-1999 John McGowan
1999-2001 Alan Yearing 2001-2003 Mary Robinson
2003-2005 Joan Knight 2005-2007 Allan Knox
2007-2009 David Berryman 2009-2010 Mary Robinson
2010-2011 Alan Yearing 2011-2012 Sue Knox
2012-2013 Allan Knox 2013-2014 Kevin Horkin
2014-2015 Val Cooper 2015-2016 Sue Knox