JOHN Hardy has been appointed as the new Mayor of Calderdale.
The former chairman of Halifax Conservative Association was re-elected as a councillor in the Skircoat ward earlier this month.
Councillor Hardy originally joined the council in 1988 in Warley ward and for many years before that he organised local and General Election campaigns for the Conservatives.
He is due to stand-down next week as the agent for the Shipley Conservative MP, Philip Davies.
Councillor Hardy was born in Halifax and went to Parkinson Lane Primary School.
From 1965 to 1988, he and his wife, Janet - the new Mayoress of Calderdale - ran a newsagents shop in Union Street, Halifax. He was also the promotions secretary and a past chairman of the old Halifax Town Football Club.
Councillor Hardy told the annual meeting of Calderdale Council that his appointment as Mayor was a dream come true. His official charity will be the Community Foundation for Calderdale, and the Vicar of Halifax, Hilary Barber, will be his chaplain.
The new Deputy Mayor of Calderdale is Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) and her husband Peter will be her consort.
The retiring Mayor, Nader Fekri, said he had tried to be Calderdale’s best ambassador and during his year of office he visited hundreds of organisations. “Thousands of people in Calderdale have the best interests of their communities at heart and every day they are adding to the wealth of the district.”
His charity raised more than £25,000 to help buy a minibus for Calderdale Project Challenge.
*Tim Swift (Lab, Town) is the new leader of the council and Janet Battye (Lib-Dem, Calder) is the new deputy leader. The other cabinet members are Bob Metcalfe (Lab, Town), Megan Swift (Lab, Town), Pauline Nash (Lib-Dem, Skircoat), Barry Collins (Lab, Ill-Mix), Ashley Evans (Lib-Dem, Warley) and Brian Smith (Lab, Ovenden).