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Cllr Angela Ward has been named mayoress of Amber Valley.
Cllr Angela Ward has been named mayoress of Amber Valley.

The chains of office changed hands in Ripley, Heanor and Amber Valley as new mayors took up their year-long posts.

At Amber Valley Cllr John Nelson handed over to fellow Conservative Cllr Angela Ward, who holds the Heage and Ambergate seat on the authority. Cllr Ward, 56, of Parkside, Heage has chosen Royal Derby Hospital’s breast care services as her charity for the year, having suffered from breast cancer herself two years ago.

The daughter of former Amber Valley councillor Albert Wilde aims to be an envoy for charities within the area during her term. She said: “I feel I am lucky to be alive and I just want to be able to give something back.”

At Ripley Town Council, Cllr Alwyn Bridge, 62, of Hawthorn Avenue, takes over from Cllr Steve Daley.

Cllr Bridge, married to Julie, 52, said: “I would like to see a carnival back in Ripley, that’s one of my aims for the year. And I would like to bring back the town crier.”

And at Heanor and Loscoe, Cllr Heather Longdon, 63, takes over the chains from Cllr Bob Janes. The former IR Morleys worker celebrated her ruby wedding with husband Alan in March and hopes to launch plans for a monument to mark where her former employer once stood.