The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Jonathan Timbers, has become a founder member of a cross-national chapter of Mayors for Peace.
Coun Timbers was among civic heads who agreed to establish the chapter at a meeting of UK and Ireland Mayors for Peace Members Councils at Manchester.
The meeting agreed that a chapter - membership of which will cost £60 a year for smaller councils such as Hebden Royd - should particularly focus on the core campaign of Mayors for Peace – nuclear weapons abolition - but that over time it would promote and support other relevant issues around peace and social justice may be considered by it.
There will be the chance to find out more when the co-ordinator of Mayors for Peace UK and Irish Chapter, Sean Morris, will be speaking to the town council at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on April 1, at 7.30pm in the council chamber.
Manchester City Council itself is a vice-president and lead city of Mayors for Peace and at the request of Japanese city Hiroshima had pledged to develop a cross-national chapter of
Mayors for Peace in order to deepen the membership of existing members, recruit new members, organise Mayors for Peace meetings and events, develop a system to process voluntary membership fees, and co-operate with and support the international activities of Mayors for Peace. This was formally agreed at the meeting attended by Mayors for Peace members from all parts of the British and Irish Isles, including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, the Assistant Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Mayor of High Peak, and councillor nominated representatives from Glasgow, Renfrew, Leeds and Manchester, as well as Coun Timbers, on January 30.
Written support had also been submitted by a number of other councils who were unable to attend. The January 30 meeting also included a guided tour a major art exhibition – “The Sensory War: Conflict and Art 1914 – 2014” - at Manchester City Art Gallery.