New mayor in town

New mayor of Featherstone, Margaret Isherwood.'p8773a221
New mayor of Featherstone, Margaret Isherwood.'p8773a221

LONG-SERVING district and town councillor Margaret Isherwood has been appointed Featherstone’s new mayor.

Coun Isherwood, who has been a member of Featherstone Town Council for a decade and a Wakefield district councillor for five years, took the chains of office earlier this month.

Her deputy will be fellow town and district councillor, Dick Taylor.

She said: “It was with great pleasure that I accepted the nomination as mayor of Featherstone and look forward to my year in office.

“This year is one of great celebration with not only the Queen’s diamond jubilee taking place but also the Olympic Games. I and my colleagues on Featherstone Town Council want to make this a year of celebration for the people of Featherstone.

“I also want this to be a year celebrating the truly inspirational people who live in the town – the volunteers, the community groups, charity workers, those unsung heroes who look for no praise but deserve it more than most.”

The new mayor said a number of events had been planned by the town council, including presenting jubilee medals to all the children in the town’s junior schools, a jubilee-themed over 60s tea dance at Featherstone Community Centre on June 5 and a gala on July 7.

Coun Isherwood’s chosen charity will be the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund.