The new Mayor of Calderdale was sworn in at a ceremony at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday.
Coun Lisa Lambert (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) has taken over as Calderdale’s first citizen from Coun Patricia Allen (Lib Dem, Elland).
The Mayor’s role includes chairing meetings of the council, ceremonial duties and raising money for her chosen charities Calderdale Women Centre and Parkinson’s UK Halifax Branch.
Councillor Lambert said: “It’s a really hard decision because there are so many fantastic charities in Calderdale - there are some many people doing amazing work, and most people don’t even know that it’s happening.”
She said her priority was to make sure that the people of Calderdale felt welcome in Halifax Town Hall.
“A lot of residents in Calderdale don’t feel they can come into the Town Hall, they feel it’s a regimented place where you can’t just go in,” she said.
“From visiting Todmorden Town Hall, they have a totally different feel there and it’s totally different - people see their town hall as a bit of a community hub.
“I’m making it my mission to get more people through the doors of the Town Hall.”
She plans to organise a number of events at the Town Hall, including dances, afternoon teas and a Christmas fayre.
Her deputy will be Coun Ferman Ali (Lab, Park) who will take over the duties of Deputy Mayor of Calderdale coun Malcolm James (Lib Dem, Greetland and Stainland). Ken Lambert, her father, will take on the role of her consort.