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The Mayor

Councillor Jeff Sumner, the Mayor of Burnley 2016 - 2017

Councillor Jeff Sumner was confirmed as the Mayor of Burnley at a Council meeting in May 2016.

His speech was as follows:

"I was born and bred in Burnley and, in particular, the Stoops estate part of the town. I was brought up in a terraced house, the second of four children.

"I attended Hargher Clough Junior School and then Rosegrove School for boys. I left school in 1971 wanting to be an electrician. However circumstances led me to work at the former Lambert Howarth’s factory where I started in the cutting room making sandals and slippers.

"It was where I met my future wife Lesley – we were married in 1989. I worked at Lambert Howarth’s for 11 years before being made redundant and changing my career in engineering.

"I left the engineering trade in 2008 and moved into higher education at Burnley College as a learning support mentor.

"In 2006 I was introduced to local politics and stood in Rosehill with Burnley Wood, winning the seat I have held ever since. In 2008 I was elected as county councillor for South West Burnley.

"I’ve dabbled in most sports, particularly football, and I’m a keen Burnley FC fan, getting to the Turf as much as possible.

"Lesley and I have three children – Lee, Claire and Emma – and seven grandchildren.

"I’m very pleased that Lesley has agreed to be my Mayoress and Lee, my consort, during my year in office.

"Our charities for the year are Pendleside Hospice, British Heart Foundation and the local branch of the Samaritans.

“I’m looking forward to my year as Mayor. I’m very proud and honoured to represent the borough."

If you require any further information on the current Mayor or Past Mayors, please contact David Farrar, Mayor's Officer on (01282) 477106 or dfarrar@burnley.gov.uk

 

 

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