Stalwarts of resort set to be honoured

Clockwise from top left, Sylvia Taylor, Joyce Davies, Val Haynes, Brian Doherty, Henry Mitchell and Peter Evans

Clockwise from top left, Sylvia Taylor, Joyce Davies, Val Haynes, Brian Doherty, Henry Mitchell and Peter Evans

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Six long-serving former councillors are to have their dedication to Blackpool formally recognised.

Henry Mitchell, Val Haynes, Sylvia Taylor, Peter Evans, Joyce Delves and Brian Doherty, who all stood down from Blackpool Council ahead of the local elections in May, are to be offered the title of honorary alderman.

It was a complete surprise to be asked and I am really chuffed about it

Mrs Taylor

The position does not carry any legal rights or responsibilities but the recipients are invited to civic ceremonies and support the borough’s Mayor.

Councillors voted to offer the title to councillors who have given a minimum of 15 years service and who are deemed to have gone the extra mile.

It would only apply to those people who have stood down as opposed to losing their seat, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Before relinquishing their seats, Sylvia Taylor represented Claremont, Brian Doherty represented Park ward and Val Haynes represented Hawes Side, all for Labour. Mrs Haynes was also Mayor last year.

Meanwhile from the Conservative group, Peter Evans represented Stanley ward, Henry Mitchell was member for Bispham, and Joyce Delves represented Warbreck.

Mrs Taylor said it was an honour to be invited to become an alderman.

She said: “It was a complete surprise to be asked and I am really chuffed about it.

“I was pleased to accept because it is such an honour, and I am sure everyone else feels the same.

“It is nice to have the acknowledgement of what we have done over the years.”

Mrs Delves said: “I am absolutely delighted and I think it is a real privilege to be asked to take up the role.”

The titles will be officially conferred on the former councillors at a meeting of the council next May.

Neighbouring authorities in Wyre and Fylde already appoint aldermen.

A report to Blackpool Council says: “It would be expected that an honorary alderman would be invited to civic events, act as ambassador for the council and promote civic pride within the borough.”

They would also be entitled to a car park permit and if appropriate use of a tram or bus pass for services operated by Blackpool Transport.