New Mayor of Morley is a familiar face

Cllr Bob Gettings MBE, who is serving as Mayor of Morley for a second time.
Cllr Bob Gettings MBE, who is serving as Mayor of Morley for a second time.

Morley’s new mayor says he can’t wait to get started - even though this is his second time in the role.

Councillor Bob Gettings was elected as Mayor for a second time recently.

He previously served as Mayor in 2010 but is back for a second time in the post, succeeding Councillor Simon Kimberley.

Coun Gettings, aged 70, says that the timing of the appointment is ironic, as it is half a century since the town’s twinning with German town Siegin.

This July will mark 50 years since the twinning, following a school exchange programme which started in the 1950s.

That is something that Coun Gettings was keen to stress shortly after his second coming.

He said: “I am delighted to be mayor again.

“And especially given that it is the 50th anniversary year of the Siegen Twinning.

“The youth exchange between Siegen and Morley is over 50 years and I was a member of the youth exchange in 1959.

“I later became the youth leader of the exchange and since then took over as chairman of the Siegen Circle.

“I am humbled and amazed at the number of emails I have had congratulating me and wishing me well.

“I celebrated my election as Mayor with my 70th birthday party, so it was certainly a night to remember.”

After attending Morley Grammar School, Mr Gettings moved to Newcastle where he trained to be a teacher.

Whilst a student he became chairman of the Inter-Collegiate Committee representing the students of the university, the polytechnic and four teaching colleges.

He later returned to Morley in a teaching capacity and it was at Woodkirk High School where he met and then married the French Mistress Lesley Prue.

After becoming senior master and Head of Sixth Form at Woodkirk, he then went on to become deputy headmaster at Bruntcliffe High School.

After retirement he stood as an independent for Morley Town Council before later being elected as Mayor.

Mr Gettings later became a MBI Cllr on Leeds City Council.

In 2012 he received an MBE from the Queen which was presented to him at Buckingham Palace for services to the community, children and young people.