Wakefield Council Mayor Making 2014
Wakefield Council is preparing for its formal Mayor-Making Ceremony in the Council Chamber, County Hall, on Wednesday, June 11.
Councillor Sandra Pickin will take the Chains of Office as the Mayor of the district for the next year, with her daughter Samantha Buet taking the position of Mayoress.
They take over the office from Councillor Janet Holmes who took over from her husband Councillor Brain Holmes when he sadly passed away last year. Together they had made history as the district's first married couple both to have held the office of Mayor. Cllr Janet Holmes was Mayor in 2004/5 with Brian as her Consort. Janet took over the role of Mayor in November 2013 following Brian's death, along with his Mayoral responsibilities and charity events.
Sandra is the Councillor for the Hemsworth ward in Wakefield Council whilst her daughter Samantha is undertaking Wakefield Council's two year Business Administration apprenticeship.
The Deputy Mayor and Consort for 2014/15 are Cllr June Cliffe and her husband Jack Cliffe. Cllr Cliffe represents Labour in the Featherstone ward of the Council.
The Council's Chief Executive Joanne Roney OBE, acting as Proper Officer, witnesses the signing-in ceremonies in front of full Council and specially-invited guests.
During her time as a Councillor, Sandra has served on numerous committees, including being the Deputy chair for planning and highways commitee for numerous years, governer at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy as well as working locally as the Royal British Legion advanced secretary and is also the Council's appointed armed force's champion.
Cllr Cliffe was born in Normanton, was first elected in the Featherstone Ward in 2012 and is also a long standing Sharlston Parish Councillor.
Council Leader Cllr Peter Box CBE said: "I am sure that Sandra and June will head up a very effective civic team and I wish them both well in their year of office."
Cllr Pickin has chosen Families Activities Breaks (FAB) as her chosen charity for the upcoming year. FAB provide funding and support for families going through bereavement.
Councillor Sandra Pickin was first elected to serve the Hemsworth Ward in 2010 where she has lived all her life with her two daughters, the Mayoress Samantha aged 25 and Lauren aged 18. Lauren is currently studying at Hemsworth Art and Communities Academy.