Councillor June Cliffe MBE to be new Mayor of Wakefield District

PR 4954
13 May 2015

PHOTOCALL: 11.15am, Thursday, May 21, County Hall, Wakefield

Wakefield Council’s formal mayor-making ceremony and annual meeting will take place on Thursday, May 21.

Councillor June Cliffe MBE will take the chains of office as Mayor of the district from Councillor Sandra Pickin, who has been Mayor for the last year, with her daughter, Samantha Buet, as Mayoress.

Cllr Cliffe, who represents Featherstone on the Council, became a councillor in 2012.  She has been involved in voluntary work in and around Sharlston for more than 50 years and this was recognised by the Queen when she was awarded an MBE in 2013.

Her husband, Jack, will be her Consort for the Mayoral Year 2015-16.

The deputy Mayor and Mayoress will be Councillor Harry Ellis, ward councillor for Knottingley since 2010, and his wife, Janet.

Cllr Cliffe, a former teacher in Leeds, is well known for her wide-ranging voluntary work, including being active with Girl Guiding UK, running a local playgroup and lunch club and other community work.  She is also a long serving member of Sharlston Paris Council.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of the Wakefield, congratulated Cllr Cliffe and Cllr Ellis and wished them well for their term of office.

“I am sure they will represent the district with dignity and commitment and I hope they enjoy their year in civic office,” said Cllr Box.

Cllr Cliffe’s chosen charity for 2015/16 is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, with a number of local charities also receiving a share of the money raised during her Mayoral year, including those helping with children’s meningitis and dementia.