Barrister Richard is New Ribble Valley MayorPublished Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Ribble Valley’s new mayor is barrister, drummer, cricket umpire and fell-walker Richard Bennett.
Richard moved to Read aged five, when his father was appointed vicar at St John’s CE Church from 1960 to 1969.
He attended Read St John’s Primary School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, where he was a keen footballer and cricketer. He later played cricket and football for Read, as well as football for the Old Accringtonians in the Lancashire Amateur League and Grindleton FC.
His early employment was varied, having worked as a window cleaner, lorry driver and salesman, before embarking on a career in law, firstly qualifying as a legal executive, then as a barrister in 1986, since which he has practiced at the Criminal Bar from chambers in Preston.
Richard has represented Read and Simonstone on Ribble Valley Borough Council for six years.
He is a qualified league cricket umpire and umpires in the Ribblesdale League.
He is also a former member of Clitheroe Round Table and is now a member of Clitheroe 41 Club.
His hobbies include mountain and fell-walking, and he has undertaken expeditions to Everest Base Camp, the Atlas Mountains, the Pyrenees, the Sierra Nevada and, last year, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela with partner Trish Kelly.
He has also cycled across Cuba and walked extensively in the Scottish Highlands and the Lakeland Fells, and twice completed Wainwright’s coast-to-coast walk on foot and by cycle.
As well as being the drummer for rock band Fisher T. Fish, Richard also enjoys cycling, fishing and is a fan of Burnley FC.
His mayoress is friend Marilyn Davies and his chosen charities are the MS Society in memory of lifelong friend Chris Berryman, who died of MS in 2009, and Read St John’s Church Community Project.