Later this year Helen and I celebrate our Ruby Wedding. Thirty three of those happy years have been where we have firmly planted our roots – in Brigham Road. That’s our home, where we have brought up our two boys who still live in Cockermouth.
Helen worked for many years at the Cumberland Building Society on Station Street and for a few years I worked at the other end, at Tithe House (where Frederick’s is now) when it was the Area Office for the Jobcentre Service. Cockermouth.
Cockermouth Golf Club is (or was, as I’m a little busy these days) my second home. The Kirkgate is a place that is dear to me and I was proud to become a Trustee last year. I love music and the performing arts. I have been known to play now and again at Open mic nights.
I have been an elected member of Cockermouth Town Council since 2019. I was elected as member of Allerdale Borough Council for the Christchurch Cockermouth ward in the same year. On 5 May 2022 I was elected to represent Cockermouth South on the new Cumberland Council.
It is an absolute privilege to be elected Mayor of Cockermouth. It will be a labour of love and I hope to get to know more people and places that I have still not met or discovered.
My theme for the 12 months ahead is to develop a shared understanding of what we can do together as a community, to reach out to all ages but particularly to engage with younger people, to build on the idea that it really does make a difference if you get involved in anything positive for our town.
My chosen charity is Hospice at Home West Cumbria, a much loved and valued local charity.
When you come into Cockermouth from the north, on a June sunny evening, with our beautiful town nestling beneath Grasmoor, in the words of our famous son “Earth has not anything to show more fair”- William Wordsworth