Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of information to go with this old photo, but it is notable for a couple of reasons.
It was pulled from our own archive and dates from the end of January 1993, just 20 years ago, but we have been unable to find the clipping that goes with it so we’re not too sure what the occasion was.
Clearly the photo was taken in Ribble Valley Borough Council’s main debating chamber, in Church Street, Clitheroe, and at it’s centre is the borough’s Mayor at the time, Coun. John Travis. We think the man shaking his hand is John Anderson, or possibly Alderson – but we don’t know why – and some of the others could be council employees?
And on the far left, looking remarkably young and fresh-faced, is Ribble Valley’s now veteran MP Nigel Evans. Now a senior figure in Parliament, as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, he was, at the time this photo was taken, still very much feeling his way around the corridors of power. It was less than a year since his election in April 1992, when wide-lapelled double-breasted suits were all the rage!