Mirfield ‘first’ as Bolt lands Mayor’s job

A MIRFIELD councillor is to become Mayor of Kirklees next week in a first for the town.

Current deputy mayor Coun Martyn Bolt is due to be installed in the top job at a ceremony in Huddersfield on Wednesday.

His father-in-law, Harry Oldroyd, was deputy mayor on Kirklees and the former Dewsbury Borough Council.

But nobody from Mirfield has held the top job before, with Tory Coun Bolt only getting his turn by accident.

Another Tory, Adrian Murphy, should have been deputy mayor and mayor-in-waiting but  lost his seat at last year’s council elections.

Keen cyclist Coun Bolt has named grant-giving foundation One Community as his charity for the coming year.

Huddersfield-based One Community was launched in May last year by former Kirklees Council leader Sir John Harman.

It supports the work of grassroots groups and charities across Kirklees, but is relatively unknown compared with previous mayoral fundraisers.

Outgoing mayor Coun David Ridgway raised cash for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust, while his predecessor, Dewsbury veteran Eric France, raised a record-breaking £60,000 for the Forget-Me-Not hospice.

Said Coun Bolt said: “I’ve got a good charity committee driving me and members of all political parties have agreed to help.

“Hopefully, we can raise awareness of One Community. It’s a new charity that is already doing good work.”

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