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Jan ‘honoured’ to be Featherstone mayor

Former mayor Dick Taylor receives a presentation from Coun Jan Power in recognition of his year in office 2013/14.

Former mayor Dick Taylor receives a presentation from Coun Jan Power in recognition of his year in office 2013/14.

Featherstone town councillor Jan Power has been named as the town’s new mayor.

The announcement was made at the council’s annual meeting at Featherstone Town Hall last week.

Coun Power, who has been a town councillor for three years, worked as a nurse at Pontefract General Infirmary for more than 30 years.

She said: “It’s a real privilege to be the civic face of Featherstone.

“Having worked as a nurse for so long I’ve always been concerned about people and their welfare, and becoming mayor sort of follows on from that.

“I consider it to be a great honour to be named the mayor of Featherstone.”

Singer Sophie May-Williams, from BBC’s The Voice, performed at the council’s annual dinner, held after the meeting.

Last year’s mayor Coun Dick Taylor also presented a cheque to Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice, after he chose it as his charity.

He raised £1,338 during his time in office and presented the money to Ian Dransfield, trustee at the Halfpenny Lane hospice.

Coun Power has named Macmillan Cancer Support as her chosen charity in the coming year and will start the fundraising with a bring and buy sale at St Thomas’ Church Hall on Friday June 6, from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Coun John Wright was named deputy mayor while Josh Haller, of St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, and Siobhan Thomas and Cameron Cave, both of Purston E-Act Academy, were named as the council’s youth ambassadors.

The council still has a vacancy for a female youth ambassador from St Wilfrid’s.

For more information contact Sue Coles, town clerk at Featherstone Town Council, on 01977 722654.

 

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