I’d just like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to former Mayor Peter Coles who sadly passed away last month.
I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working with Peter over the past eight years.
It was lovely to see St James packed to overflowing with family, friends, and colleagues, and I hope we gave him a good send-off. The words of his grown-up children were especially touching and poignant, and our love goes out to Enid and the rest of the family.
Peter was a tremendously warm and generous man, supportive and caring to all who knew him. He had a mischievous sense of humour but was robust in his defence of the underdog. He will leave a tremendous gap in our lives in the Upper Valley, and will be sorely missed.
His motto was “if you can do good then you have a duty to do it”, a maxim that I think we can all strive to live by.
Councillor Nader Fekri
(Mayor Elect, Calderdale MBC)