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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Barrow basks in day of civic pride

DIGNITARIES from across Cumbria gathered at a special ceremony to welcome a new mayor.

The newly appointed mayors of Dalton, Ulverston and Millom were among those taking part as The Civic Sunday parade made its way through the streets of Barrow.

Pride of place at the event, which marks the start of the political year, was given to Councillor Marie Derbyshire who was chosen as the new mayor of Barrow by her fellow councillors last month.

The bagpipers of Barrow St Andrew’s Pipe Band led the parade from the town hall along the Strand to St George’s Parish Church for a special service led by the mayor’s chaplain, the Reverend Gary Cregeen.

The band was followed by representatives of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, the Royal Air Force Association and the Submariners Association.

Barrow Air Cadets, Cumbria Army Cadet Force, 33rd Barrow Brownies, St Matthew’s Cubs and Beavers and the high sheriff of Cumbria, Martyn Hart also took part.

Bringing up the rear were the motorcyclists of the Royal British Legion riders branch.

Addressing the packed church, Mr Cregeen highlighted the historic links between Barrow Borough Council and the church, a tradition which dates back to the days of Sir James Ramsden, the town’s first mayor.

The service concluded with a collection of funds for the mayor’s charities which will be distributed at the end of her year in office.

At a reception at the town hall, where Dalton Town Band provided music, Cllr Derbyshire thanked Squadron Leader Ray Browne for acting as parade marshal and wished her predecessor as mayor, Councillor Colin Thomson, a happy 65th birthday.

She said: “It’s been absolutely great, I’ve loved every minute of it, although I did have a panic for a moment because I thought I’d left my speech at home. It’s been fantastic.

“It is exactly a year since my mum died but I like to think she’s looking down on me and she would be very proud, and I’m very proud.”

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