A long-serving Chorley councillor is looking forward to serving the residents of the borough after being appointed as the new Mayor of Chorley on Tuesday.
Councillor Margaret Lees, who has been a Councillor for 16 years and currently represents the Chorley South West Ward, will be the new Mayor with Councillor Roy Lees as her Consort.
Councillor Margaret Lees said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be the Mayor and will endeavour to do my utmost to serve the borough and its residents, to promote the benefits of Chorley and raise awareness and funds for my chosen charities.”
Margaret has chosen three charities to support during her mayoral year – Derian House Hospice, Homestart Central Lancashire and Chorley Mencap.
“I am also looking forward to meeting the unsung heroes of the borough, the selfless volunteers, charities and other organisations such as Scouts and Brownies,” added Margaret.
“This year is particularly poignant for me as well as many others as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and during which my Grandfather was killed at the Battle of the Somme. As Roy was the Mayor at the centenary of the start of that war it is an added honour to be the Mayor at the centenary of its end.”
Born in Eaves Lane Hospital and raised in Coppull, Margaret attended Coppull Old Parish School and St. Albans (now Albany High School). She trained for two years and qualified as a Nursey Nurse at Lancaster and Morecambe College of Further Education. Once qualified she worked at Chorley Hospital Maternity Wing and at Leyland Day Nursery.
She married her husband Roy in 1970 and they have three children; Diane, Michael and Susan. Whilst their children were small she helped to run playgroups in the village. In 2011 she partnered her youngest daughter Susan in running a successful wedding cake business “Elizabeth May” until her daughter moved to Cheshire.
She has been married to her husband and Consort for 48 years and they have known each other since they were infants, living opposite to each other from the age of 12 years. They now live in the family home which her father built in 1960 and in the lane that Roy was born in. They have three grandchildren, William and Finley who live in Cheshire, and Violet who lives in Dubai.
She loves her garden, walking along the River Yarrow, reading and re-searching her family tree.
In 2014, when her husband was the Mayor, she was active in events raising funds for his chosen charities, one of which was setting up “Chorley’s Got Soul” the Lancastrian at the Town Hall. Due to its success, she has held two events in every year since raising monies for local charities including Homestart, Chorley Help the Homeless and Chorley Mencap. She has planned another for the Saturday 20 October 2018 and because she loves Motown.