Mary-ThomasCOLNE Town Council welcomed two new councillors last week: Steven Petty for Horsfield and Mary Thomas for Vivary.

Town Council Chairman, Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mary and Steven on board at this exciting time of development and expansion for us.”

steve-pettyCllr. Steven Petty was also elected as the Conservative Borough Councillor for Horsfield in May and is well known to many for his involvement in the town’s sporting life, especially cricket and football. Steven is married and is a proud father of two.

Steven commented: “Horsfield is the area where I’ve spent my entire life. My love of sport was fostered by Park High School and I represented various local teams until retiring at 34. I’m currently goalkeeping coach at Colne FC. I have seen Jonathan Nixon, Neil Butterworth and Smith Benson all work tirelessly to give us an area to be proud of and I plan to continue their work in the same way to give Horsfield Residents all the help and support they need.”

Mary Thomas is Chair of Governors at SS John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School and Vice Chair of The Peter Birtwistle Charitable Trust. Mary was awarded MBE for “Services to the Community in Lancashire”.

“I have made many friends in Colne”, said Mary, “and want to help make it one of the nicest market towns to live in with good amenities and to continue to support local community and voluntary groups who do so much to make this town a friendly and pleasant place to live. I am looking foward to joining the Vivary Bridge Liberal Democrat team with David and Glennda Clegg and sincerely thank all the residents who voted for me and who have put their trust in me. I can assure them that we will continue to work hard and do our best for Colne and its people”

Both new councillors will attend their first meeting on Thursday, 1st September when the Town Council is holding an Extraordinary Full Council to consider whether it should resume the practice of awarding honorary freemanships of the town – the greatest honour of which it is their privilege to bestow. The last Freemanship of Colne was awarded to County Alderman Walmsley Riddiough in 1970.

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