LONG-standing councillor Sylvia Taylor has been formally installed as Blackpool’s new Mayor.
The Claremont ward councillor, who takes over the role from Coun Joan Greenhalgh, enjoyed a mayor making ceremony at Blackpool Town Hall on Monday morning.
Coun Taylor, who is married to Coun Ivan Taylor, said: “I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the good people of Claremont for voting me in and without whom I would not be here today.”
Coun Taylor was born in Oldham and moved to Blackpool in 1954, where she started work in the check office of the Co-op on Shepherd Street.
She met her husband, Ivan, at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens in November 1959 and they were married a year later at St Thomas’s Church, on Caunce Street.
The couple initially lived in Bispham and adopted a daughter, Lisa, in 1969 before moving to Devonshire Road in 1971. In 1979 Sylvia became a Magistrate and she has also been a governor at Devonshire Primary School for nearly 40 years.
The grandmother-of-two started her political career when she joined the Labour party in 1962.
She became a county councillor for Brunswick and Claremont in 1993 and became a local councillor in Claremont two years later.
In her spare time Coun Taylor, who has worked in education, health, fire authority and licensing since being on the council, enjoys overseas travel. Her other responsibilities include being a committee member and trustee of the Boys and Girls Club at Laycock Gate and supporting the Salvation Army.
She announced that she would be raising funds in her Mayoral year for the Salvation Army Bridge Project, Claremont First Community Centre, Claremont West Family Centre and Blackpool Boys and Girls Club,
Coun Taylor’s Mayoress is Julia Massey, who was also Mayoress to her mother Coun Mary Smith.