New town mayor

7th June 2011'Featherstone town coun Bill Mulroe was elected as new mayor last week.'Pictured: Bill Mulroe and wife Lesley Mulroe.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

7th June 2011'Featherstone town coun Bill Mulroe was elected as new mayor last week.'Pictured: Bill Mulroe and wife Lesley Mulroe.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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A NEW mayor has taken the chains of office in Featherstone.

Town councillor Bill Mulroe was elected to replace Coun Kay Binnersley in the ceremonial position and took up the post two weeks ago.

He will be joined by his wife, Lesley, as mayoress.

Mr Mulroe, who has served on the town council for four years, said: “It means everything to me to be elected by the people of Featherstone to represent the town.

“It’s possibly the highest accolade you can get. I’m retired now so it gives me a lot more opportunity to looks at what needs doing.

“We need to look a lot harder at getting things done to move the town forward.”

The recently-appointed mayor has lived in the town for 43 years and is highly involved in the community, sitting on the board of Featherstone WMC, the town’s soccer league, and as vice chairman of governors at North Featherstone J&I School.

He said he hoped to begin making a mark on the town.

“We’re trying to make headway with things that haven’t been done in the past, such as reinstating the junior swimming gala, which hasn’t been run since 2003,” said Mr Mulroe, 68.

“We’re all meeting Wakefield Council to try and get the gardens at the junction of Wakefield Road and Girnhill Lane done.”

Mr Mulroe, of Sycamore Way, Featherstone, became mayor on May 25. His chosen charity this year is Help for Heroes.