RIBBLE Valley’s new mayor is Chipping councillor Simon Hore.
Still a relative newcomer to the borough council, having retained his seat at last week’s local elections to serve a second four-year term of office, Conservative Coun. Hore takes over the council’s figurehead role from outgoing mayor, Coun. Lois Rimmer.
She handed over the chain of office at the council’s Mayor Making ceremony on Tuesday evening, which was followed by it annual dinner, held this year at Ferrari’s Country House Restaurant at Thornley, near Longridge.
Coun. Hore has represented the Chipping Ward – which includes Bowland with Leagram and Higher Bowland Forest – since 2007. He is 54 and married to Grace, the couple having lived in Chipping for 23 years with daughter Lindsay.
He has worked in the wine and spirit industry for more than 35 years, initially with fine wine merchants in the West End of London. He currently works in Ribchester as director of operations for a company designing and selling food and alcohol seasonal gifts.
Coun Hore said he was looking forward to the year ahead and hoped to continue the good work of Coun. Rimmer.