Mayor of Chorley
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley are Councillor Steve Holgate and Mrs Emma Adlam.
Councillor Holgate, who represents Coppull, is honoured to be Mayor of Chorley and is delighted that his daughter Emma has agreed to be his Mayoress.
Steve was first elected to Chorley Council in 1995 representing Chorley South East ward. Later, due to boundary changes, he became a Councillor for South West ward and now represents Coppull.
Steve's introduction to local politics was a consequence of his keen interest in the environment and its conservation and enhancement.
Councillor Holgate said: "As a young rebel I never imagined becoming the Mayor of Chorley but after having served Chorley for 15 years as a Councillor and community campaigner it now seems the obvious thing to do".
He added: "I know so many local organisations and charities hold the office of Mayor in very high regard and I feel truly privileged to take up the position. I am equally delighted that my daughter Emma has, despite having 5 children to care for, agreed to be my Mayoress."
Councillor Holgate was born in Chorley hospital and raised in Heapey and Whittle-le-Woods. He attended Whittle St John's Primary School and St Michael's High School. In the past, he owned and ran an off licence in Cunliffe Street. As a young man he loved working outdoors doing physically demanding work, however as he got older he says that his body began to object and he moved towards a career in local government.
Councillor Holgate was originally appointed Mayor in 2020 but coronavirus restrictions meant he was unable to carry out the role in the way he had hoped. He was therefore delighted when given the opportunity to continue in the role for a further year.
The Mayor said: "Due to the necessary restrictions over the past year I've been unable to carry out engagements or undertake any fundraising activities. I feel truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to have a further year as the Mayor of this wonderful borough and as lockdown restrictions ease I hope I will be able to get out and about to meet people of all ages and to visit some of the amazing voluntary and community groups who do so much good for the people of Chorley."
The Mayor and Mayoress' chosen charities and community groups are:
· St Catherine's Hospice - their work caring for the most poorly of people cannot be bettered
· Chorley Inspire Youth Zone - the huge demand for the service they provide speaks volumes
· Chorley in Bloom - working with the local community to help make Chorley beautiful and bright
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Julia Berry.