A FORMER draughtsman and keen traveller, who hails from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is Ribble Valley’s new mayor.
Councillor Richard Sherras (79), who served as chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee for 13 years and is the authority’s former deputy leader, received the civic chains of office in a ceremony in the Ribble Valley Council Chamber.
Coun. Sherras was born and brought up in Derbyshire and is a former member of the then Belper Rural District Council, now part of Amber Valley District Council, which covers the area considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and hosts the world’s first factory: Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford, near Matlock.
He has worked as a designer and draughtsman at Rolls-Royce in Derby and run a major credit card subsidiary and software consultancy.
Post-retirement he was general manager of the debt counselling charity, Consumer Credit Counselling Service, which is now called Step Change Debt Charity.
Coun. Sherras lives in Rimington and is a keen supporter of the village football team, Rimington FC, who recently won the West Riding FA Challenge Cup at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United.
He also enjoys walking and foreign travel, and among the many countries he has visited are Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, the Andes and Ethiopia.
Coun Sherras’ mayoress for his year in office is Mrs Lynne Pate and his chosen charities – set to benefit from fund-raidsing throughout the year – are SSAFA (Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Familes Association) and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.