Two Fleetwood councillors with their hearts firmly in the town will take the chains of office for Wyre mayoral duties for the forthcoming year.
Coun Ron Shewan, who represents Pharos Ward, will become Mayor of Wyre and his chosen deputy will be Rossall ward Coun Terry Rogers.
They will be inaugurated at the Mayor Making ceremony next week at Wyre Civic Centre in Poulton.
Coun Shewan has served as a labour councillor for 18 years and this will be his first mayoral role. His mayoress will be wife Brenda.
He said: “With 40 or so Tory councillors and only 13 Labour councillors, Terry was the natural choice for deputy mayor. I’m looking forward to serving the community and raising as much money as I can for Brian House.
“We are going to work as hard as we can. There have been a number of Fleetwood children cared for at the hospice and we were close to Leah Garfitt who passed away a few years ago. My grandaughter was close to the family and we became involved.
“And we have had family members who have had cancer too, it’s a great charity to support.
“We are looking forward to Fleetwood Carnival and Tram Sunday, we always love going to these events anyway.
“We will be representing Wyre at other galas and we will be honoured to do so.
“In fact it is a great honour to be Mayor, it’s a bit outside my political spectrum of looking at things but its an important part of the community structure and its got to be respected.
Ron and Brenda, who live in Mayfield Place, were both born in Fleetwood – Ron in the front bedroom of number one Arial Way and Brenda in a house on Kent Street right opposite Pharos Lighthouse.
Ron’s father was originally from Peterborough and came to Fleetwood with his work as a blacksmith. His mum lived in Kirkham until her father passed away when the family moved to a house in Poulton Street.
Ron worked mainly in the construction industry and says he is saddened to see how difficult it is nowadays for people to find work.
“It was different in those days, everyone had a job. times were great.
“That’s what hurts me, we can’t seem to mend this problem of work and it’s down to the connectivity of Fleetwood.
“Losing the railway link strongly damaged the town.
“It’s one of the largest towns in the country without a railway and it was quite wrong to see it go.
“Fleetwood is a great town. We love the seafront it’s absolutely beautiful and the North Euston Hotel is tremendous, so is Queen’s Terrace.
“And where else has three lighthouses, including one in the middle of the street?”
Coun Rogers said he was looking forward to fulfilling his duties.
He added: “It’s the first time for a few years that both the mayor and deputy mayor will be from Fleetwood.
“I am looking forward to representing Wyre and Fleetwood.”