New mayor of Westhoughton's special way to celebrate a special year

New mayor of Westhoughton's special way to celebrate a special year

New mayor of Westhoughton's special way to celebrate a special year

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

WESTHOUGHTON'S new mayor said being the town's figurehead for 2014-15 will be the perfect way to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Cllr Kevan Jones will formally assume mayoral responsibilities in May after he was nominated for the role by town council colleagues on April 14.

The 49-year-old will also be marking the 30th anniversary of his association with the town, after he started working there in 1984 before moving to his current home in Common Street in 1996 from Heaton.

Cllr Jones said: “To be mayor of this wonderful town will be a great honour.

"It is the perfect time to put my admiration for the people and love of this town into one big celebration."

He first became a Bolton borough councillor in 1996, and served as member for Westhoughton South for four years before he stepped aside for personal reasons.

During his spell he sat on the education committee and contributed to the overhaul of provision in Westhoughton, a policy that led to the founding of The Gates Primary School, where he is now a school governor.

Cllr Jones regained a Westhoughton South seat on Bolton Council in 2010 and became a town councillor for the first time, representing Central ward, in 2011.

His first experiences of the town came working at the John Holt Sports Centre, where he coached up to 150 youngsters in a variety of sports, including canoeing and abseiling.

Cllr Jones said: "I struck up a great accord with the youth of Westhoughton straight away.

"I realised how forward thinking they were and immediately felt at home with people from the town."

Professionally a train manager for Cross Country, he has selected Derian House Children's Hospice and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as his nominated charities.

Cllr Jones said: "I used to have a boat and the RNLI's slogan 'train one, save many' resonates with me.

"Derian House does a wonderful job looking after these poorly children.

"I'm proud to have them as my two chosen charities."

Westhoughton's new mayor will be officially dedicated as Cllr Christopher Peacock’s successor on Sunday, May 18, at Westhoughton Parish Church.

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9:16pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Boltontoday says...

I thought it was the Conservative's turn, I'm told it was promised years ago.
I thought it was the Conservative's turn, I'm told it was promised years ago. Boltontoday
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11:21am Sun 20 Apr 14

Womble says...

They don't have 'turns' as far as I'm aware. There's only three Conservatives on the town council, compared to thirteen Labour, one Liberal Democrat and one Independent. However, it will be a Conservative next yet - Lynda Winrow-Baker, whom, I am sure, will be an excellent ambassador for Westhoughton.
They don't have 'turns' as far as I'm aware. There's only three Conservatives on the town council, compared to thirteen Labour, one Liberal Democrat and one Independent. However, it will be a Conservative next yet - Lynda Winrow-Baker, whom, I am sure, will be an excellent ambassador for Westhoughton. Womble
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12:14pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Hollieanne says...

Lynda Winrow-Baker should have been the mayor but gallantly allowed the last mayor to precede her, at their request, and it was promised that she would be the mayor the following year, namely this coming year. As per usual, the labour majority reneged and she is the deputy mayor. I won't hold my breath to see if she is mayor next year!
Lynda Winrow-Baker should have been the mayor but gallantly allowed the last mayor to precede her, at their request, and it was promised that she would be the mayor the following year, namely this coming year. As per usual, the labour majority reneged and she is the deputy mayor. I won't hold my breath to see if she is mayor next year! Hollieanne
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