New mayors take on chains of office

THE CHAINS of office changed hands this week as new mayors were sworn in in Amber Valley and Ripley.

Belper councillor John Nelson took over from Ron Ashton as Mayor of Amber Valley at the borough council’s meeting on Wednesday.

Donning the red mayoral robes for the second time since sitting on the council, Cllr Nelson said: “It’s a tremendous honour to represent Amber Valley as mayor for the second time. I am looking forward to promoting the borough and supporting the Mini Olympics, which has become a fantastic vehicle for sporting and cultural links with our friends in Europe.”

The 70-year-old former haulage company owner is the 24th mayor of the borough, having served on the authority since 1988. He was previously mayor in 2000-2001.

He is also currently leader of Belper Town Council for which he has also served twice as mayor and spearheads the town’s annual Britain in Bloom campaign.

The deputy mayor of the borough is Cllr Angela Ward.

Taking over the chains in Ripley is 53-year-old Cllr Steve Daley.

The new Ripley mayor, from Park Avenue, in the town said: “It’s a great honour and an opportunity to meet different organisations in the town and voluntary organisations that help the people of the parish.”

Nottingham Forest season ticket holder Cllr Daley takes up the post for the second time, having been mayor in 2000 to 2001.

He has worked as an apprentice fitter at Annesley Colliery and a welder, but took early retirement due to rheumatoid arthritis.

He was born in Nottingham before moving to Codnor in 1975, and has three sons and a daughter and is a grandfather of two.