Bale of a time as Terry takes on office

Terry Tiernan becomes the new Mayor of Luddenden
Terry Tiernan becomes the new Mayor of Luddenden

Some fine weather and an excellent attendance saw around £1,000 raised for charities on the day the 151st Mayor of Luddenden took office.

Terry Tiernan took on the role of the village’s leading citizen from Mr John Smith - but not before rolling his sleeves up and to help ensure a great day’s entertainment was set in place.

Terry said: “It was a fantastic day. In the morning I worked with everyone to put up the bunting and marquees and didn’t get into my robes until the afternoon!

“The crowds were really good and the attendance was much better than last year to the extent we had three Duck Races,” he said.

Event organiser Craig Oates said: “It went really well, it was a nice day, quite busy and the stalls were full of people enjoying the day.”

Terry is continuing two of his predecessors’ charities, Overgate Hospice, Elland, and the Christie organisation, and hopes to also work with Meals On Wheels.

A new addition to the entertainment, centred around the Lord Nelson pub, was the straw bale race, where the winner clocked up a time of just one minute and 37 seconds to hare up the steep Church Hill. There was kudos for the oldest competitor, 73-year-old Trevor Oates. The race carried a £100 prize, courtesy of Smith Brothers Electro-Engineering, John’s company.

Events the Mayor presides over include village events for children at Christmas and Easter.