New Luddenden Mayor is made at village festival

The sweetshop run by the girls from Luddenden Guides at Luddenden's Mayor-making Festival

The sweetshop run by the girls from Luddenden Guides at Luddenden's Mayor-making Festival

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In one of the village’s oldest traditions, Luddenden has ‘made’ its new mayor for the 152nd time.

Tom Collins, 23, is this year’s Mayor of Luddenden and follows in the footsteps of Terry Tiernan, who was elected in September 2014.

Mr Collins said: “I feel really proud to be the new mayor and I’m excited for what the next year will bring.

“This year I’d like to get even more people involved and there will a lot of fun events for families to join in with.”

The tradition dates back to the creation of a council for Luddenden back in 1862.

The council sat for 20 or so years, protecting the people of Luddenden from the powers-that-be in Halifax.

Now the Mayor’s main function is to raise money for local charities and community organisations in the old parishes of Warley and Midgley.

Mr Collins was made mayor at a ceremony on Saturday and there was a family fun day with charity stalls and a straw bale race.

The Mayorality has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years and this year will be focused on fundraising for Overgate Hospice.