Hundreds see town’s new mayor on parade
8:54am Monday 21st May 2012 in News
CLEAR skies and warm weather greeted Bolton’s new mayor as he was welcomed into office in style.
The new mayor, Cllr Guy Harkin, who was appointed last week, was the star of the show as he enjoyed his first public appearance in office.
Cheered on by about 500 people, young and old, who lined the route, the police, led by Ch Supt David Hull, headed the procession, followed by musicians from the Lancashire Artillery Band, who filled the town centre with music befitting of the occasion.
Next came soldiers from the 216 Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) Bolton under the command of Major Taylor-Jane Fox, followed by Armed Forces veterans.
Younger marchers also took part, representing Scout and Guide groups.
Also present were judge Timothy Clayson, honorary recorder of Bolton, the Rev Matt Thompson, the vicar of Bolton, and many of Bolton’s leading politicians.
Bolton Hoover Band performed a march and were followed by Cllr Harkin, his wife and mayoress, Colette , other councillors and their families. Then came church representatives and community group representatives, such as Sea and Air Cadets and the Salvation Army.
Flight Lt Mark Love, of Bolton Air Cadets, said: “Lots of these young people among us are aged 13 and 14 and this is a new experience to them.
“They have been rehearsing for two weeks and their effort has been superb.
He added: “This ceremony gives them a real sense of civic pride and we’ve got more to come with the Olympics this year.”
Cllr Harkin, said: “It was a wonderful occasion and I am delighted to have been honoured in this way.
“The turnout was great and the weather was too. Let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come for my year as mayor.”
Over the next 12 months, Cllr Harkin will travel all over the borough for a range of civic and ceremonial duties. His aim will be to raise the profile of causes and volunteers, acknowledge their efforts and raise money for his chosen charities — Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Bolton Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Last year’s mayor, Cllr Noel Spencer, is now deputy mayor.