Warm welcome to Morley’s new mayor

Coun Simon Kimberley is the new Mayor of Morley.
Coun Simon Kimberley is the new Mayor of Morley.

The new Mayor of Morley has been welcomed by the town.

Coun Simon Kimberley, who lives in Gildersome, takes over from Coun Wyn Kidger and says he is deeply honoured to have been selected to represent the town for 2015/16.

Brought up in the area, the Morley Borough Independent councillor attended Bruntcliffe High School and says he socialises and shops in the town.

He has served on Morley Town Council for the past eight years, representing Teale, and is also on Gildersome Parish Council and is the treasurer of Gildersome Flower Show.

The full-time business development advisor will put on his mayoral chains for his first official role on June 21 for the annual March and Hymn Tune Contest along Queen Street.

He said: “Working full time and taking on the role as mayor will be a challenge, but it’s about balancing the two.

“I didn’t plan to become mayor this year, but was encouraged to do it and it is an honour and privilege to do so.”

Coun Kimberley said he is still debating about his chosen charity, for which he will fundraise throughout the year.

He said: “It will probably be something to do with green space - garden projects of some kind and try to help small organisations in Morley. A small amount can go a long way and I will help people where I can.”

Coun Kimberley said he has various female friends who will take on the role as Mayoress at different events.

The new Deputy Mayor will be Coun Helen Evans.