Celebrations for civic mayor

Castleford Civic Parade - Tony Wallis on the march through Castleford
Castleford Civic Parade - Tony Wallis on the march through Castleford

TOWNSFOLK lined the sunny streets of Castleford last weekend to celebrate the mayor’s civic parade.

A procession through the town centre marked the end of Castleford councillor Tony Wallis’ year in office as the district’s mayor.

He was joined by his wife, Doreen, councillors and community members on the route, which took them from Trinity Methodist Church, through the town centre before arriving back at Powell Street for a service led by chaplain, Fr David Wheatley.

Coun Wallis, who represents Castleford and Glass Houghton, said: “During the year I have been well supported by Castleford so I felt this way a way of showing my thanks from the people and the town. I have been delighted to have been mayor.

“The parade was well attended and the streets were full, there were plenty of people there, so we were pleased.”

Coun Wallis was joined in the festivities by mayors from Normanton, Goole, Harrogate, Barnsley, Rotherham and Kirklees.

The Crofton Silver Band provided musical entertainment as the parade marched through Castleford and Coun Wallis visited Bridge Arts gallery on Sagar Street to reopen the building following its refurbishment.

Coun Wallis added: “It was delightful seeing the exhibition at Bridge Arts, we took the mayors around the studios upstairs to see what has been done.

“The gallery is a community asset. I think the feeling was that it was a nice day and everyone enjoyed it.”