The Mayor's Office

The Mayor's Role

In May every year we elect a new Mayor who acts as an ambassador for the area, to represent the local community, local democracy and Pendle Council. This is an important and ceremonial role in local authorities across the Country. A Mayoress, or Mayor's Consort, is appointed by the Mayor to support him or her during their year of office.

As First Citizen for the Borough, the Mayor actively promotes the local area to industrialists and tourists, as well as championing causes and raising the profile of the local community and the Council. Throughout the year, the Mayor will meet with people of all ages and backgrounds.

By statute, the Mayor takes precedence within the Borough over everyone, including Town Mayors, with the exception of Her Majesty the Queen or her representative, the Lord Lieutenant of the County.

One of the Mayor's most important tasks is to chair full meetings of the Council, to ensure that rules of debate are followed and to keep order.

When representing the Borough, the Mayor wears a chain of office and, on some occasions, the civic robes are also worn. In addition to acting as First Citizen of the Borough, the Mayor hosts visits from representatives of our twin towns, attends Civic functions such as Remembrance Sunday and gets involved in fund raising for the Mayoress' chosen charities.