TO commemorate 50 years’ service to West Bradford Parish Council, Coun. Albert Titterington was presented with a framed certificate by outgoing Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Lois Rimmer.
Coun. Titterington (81) was elected to serve on West Bradford Parish Council in 1961 when the village was then in the County of Yorkshire West Riding.
In April 1970, he was elected council chairman, a position he held for four years, and during which time he was responsible for improving street lighting in the village and the difficult period of the boundary change from the West Riding to Lancashire.
Coun. Titterington was born in the village and has served the community for most of his life, not only as a councillor, but in many other ways. He attended St Catherine’s Church and was a sidesman for years.
On leaving school he trained as a cobbler and had a hut in the croft adjacent to the church where he repaired most of the villagers’ shoes and clogs. He also worked for many years for Fylde Water Board, based at Stocks Reservoir, followed by a number of years at ICI until he retired in 1993.
In his spare time he and his wife Phyllis enjoyed caravan holidays, visiting family in Blackpool and the North Yorkshire coast.
Coun. Titterington has four children, three of whom still live locally, Anne Knowles, John Titterington, Helen Whitwam and David Titterington, who lives in Cheshire.
Along with councillors and friends they attended the presentation. Coun. Titterington moved to join his wife Phyllis at Abbeyfields three months ago where he is enjoying a happy retirement.
Clerk to the council David Sharp paid tribute and said: “All his colleagues on the council, both past and present, wish him a long and happy retirement”.
Coun. Bryan Bristol has also resigned from West Bradford Parish Council after serving for 35 years.