Pontefract Civic Society chairman Peter Cookson calls it a day after 20 years

Peter Cookson, former chairman of Pontefract Civic Society, pictured with Paul Cartwright, new chairman
Peter Cookson, former chairman of Pontefract Civic Society, pictured with Paul Cartwright, new chairman

Pontefract Civic Society chairman Peter Cookson has stepped down after more than 20 years in the role.

Mr Cookson announced his resignation at the society’s annual meeting last month.

He will be replaced by the society’s vice chairman, Paul Cartwright.

Mr Cookson said: “I thought it was about time to move on. I have been chairman for 20 years.

“I am not getting any younger and I am not really up to speed with modern technology and communications.”

Mr Cookson, a former teacher at Pontefract King’s School, has been made the society’s honorary president and will remain as chairman of the group’s land use and transport sub group.

He has also been involved in organising events in the town to mark its links with the Magna Carta.

Mr Cookson added: “My principal memory is of stagnation in terms of developments in the town.

“It’s as if nothing happened for the first decade and now everything seems to be happening at once.”

He added: “I would like to thank all the society members and supporters who have helped me during my time as chairman.”

For more information on Pontefract Civic Society visit its website at www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk