Keen Traveller is New Ribble Valley MayorPublished Tuesday, 14 May 2013
A former draughtsman and keen traveller, who hails from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is Ribble Valley's new mayor.
Richard Sherras, 79, who was chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's planning and development committee for 13 years and is the authority's former deputy leader, received the civic chains in a ceremony in the Ribble Valley Council Chamber.
Councillor Sherras was born and brought up in Derbyshire and is a former member of the then Belper Rural District Council, now part of Amber Valley District Council, which covers the area considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and hosts the world's first factory: Arkwright's Mill at Cromford, near Matlock.
He has worked as a designer and draughtsman at Rolls Royce in Derby, run a major credit card subsidiary and software consultancy, and post-retirement was general manager of the debt counselling charity, Consumer Credit Counselling Service, now called Step Change Debt Charity.
Councillor Sherras lives in Rimington and is a supporter of Rimington FC, who recently won the West Riding FA Challenge Cup at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United. He also enjoys walking and foreign travel, and among many countries has visited Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, the Andes and Ethiopia.
His mayoress is Mrs Lynne Pate and his charities are SSAFA (Soldiers' and Sailors' Familes Association) and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.