The new Mayor of South Ribble has spoken of his pride at being named the borough’s First Citizen.
Councillor Mick Titherington was officially installed as Mayor at a special meeting of the Council on Wednesday evening and says he cannot wait to get out and about meeting those people who make the borough so special.
Originally from Liverpool, Councillor Titherington first came to South Ribble in the late 1970s to work as a trade union official.
He lives in Leyland with his wife Carole, who is from Leyland and is the new Mayoress.
The Mayor has been a councillor for 12 years, representing Golden Hill and Broadfield in Leyland in that time.
Councillor Titherington said: “To be named Mayor is an honour and a privilege, and something I am deeply proud of.
“I have always found the people of South Ribble to be warm and friendly. I feel passionately that the borough is a great place to live and want to promote all the fantastic things that are happening here.”
A keen football fan, the Mayor said he is looking forward to visiting South Ribble’s thriving sporting clubs and to meeting dedicated volunteers from the borough’s many organisations and societies.
The Mayor added: “We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful, respected people who are doing great work in the community and it’s so uplifting.
“Being Mayor puts me in a unique position where I can see that work for myself and appreciate the special efforts people make.”
Throughout the year, the Mayor will be raising vital funds for his three chosen charities – St Catherine’s Hospice, Heartbeat (North West) and Lancaster University’s Defying Dementia campaign.
The Mayor, who is a grandfather of four, said: “These are three amazing causes and I am proud to be supporting them.”
Councillor Titherington and his wife Carole have spent the last 12 months as Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, helping the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Linda Woollard, with public engagements.
He said: “I want to pay tribute to Councillor Woollard, who has been a very committed Mayor. She will be a hard act to follow.”
Councillor Titherington’s first official function will be on Friday when he will welcome guests to the Leyland Hotel for the Mayor’s Installation Banquet.
Throughout the year, he will be supported by his Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Rainsbury and Shirley Rainsbury, Deputy Mayoress.
Councillor Rainsbury represents Hoole ward and has served on the Council since 2007.