HALTON Coun Paul Woodruff said it has been an “absolute delight” to be the Mayor of Lancaster for the past year, as he hangs up his robes this week.
Coun Woodruff said he had attended more than 200 engagements during his year as mayor, and thanked his wife, and mayoress, Dee for her total commitment throughout.
He said: “To be the mayor of this great city and district has been an absolute delight, an adventure that few are fortunate enough to experience.
“I would not have missed it for the world.
“It is life enriching and it is amazing to find what is out there in our great diverse district.
“Of course I must thank my mayoress, wife, and friend Dee for her total commitment throughout, and the deputy mayor and mayoress, Coun Keith Sowden and his wife Monika, who have worked tirelessly in their support, taking the message of our district around the whole of Lancashire.
“It was our intention at the outset to visit as many schools as possible and for the school children to visit the town hall.
“We also looked to visit and meet as many charities as we could. We did just that.
“We applaud everyone involved for their magnificent work.
“Wherever we went we promoted our city and district.
“We joined our youth team in Aalborg and took our message to Perpignan. We met people from all over the world.
“Thank you to all the people of Halton-with-Aughton, for having the courage and confidence to support me as a free independent over the last 17 years.
“I could not have done this without you.
“I looked to light up the district and promote tourism – we now need to light up the Ashton Memorial.”
Coun Woodruff now plans to take a long break after a mayor making ceremony tomorrow, Friday, when Scotforth West Coun Sheila Denwood dons the mayoral robes.