In a grand ceremony held at St Patrick’s Church, the recently appointed Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Cahal Burke, extended a warm welcome to dignitaries and guests attending the Civic Service. The event marked the commencement of his mayoral year for 2023-2024, as he took on the esteemed role.

Revd Father Martin Kelly and Revd Canon Rachel Firth, the Mayor’s Chaplains, led the service, which aimed to bless the new mayor’s term in office. The presence of esteemed personalities from various boroughs, including the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson and mayors from neighbouring areas, added to the significance of the occasion.

Expressing his gratitude, Councillor Burke remarked, “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson, mayors from other boroughs in the county, and those who came to show their unwavering support.” He also acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved in organising the Civic Service, as well as his Chaplains and Cadets.

Assuming the position of the first citizen of Kirklees, Mayor Burke spoke with immense pride about the honour bestowed upon him. “It is truly an honour to represent the people of Kirklees, and I accept this responsibility with utmost dedication,” he declared. He further expressed his eagerness to highlight the borough’s achievements and instil a sense of pride among its residents throughout his mayoral year.

True to his commitment, Mayor Burke has wasted no time in immersing himself in various public engagements. Among his recent appearances, he visited the new Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, showcasing his support for the local healthcare services. Additionally, he inaugurated the Paraffinalia exhibition, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Windrush generation, honouring their significant contributions to the community.

The Mayor’s proactive engagement with the community reflects his dedication to Kirklees and its inhabitants. As his term progresses, it is anticipated that he will continue to undertake numerous initiatives aimed at fostering unity, progress, and pride within the borough.

The people of Kirklees eagerly await the upcoming events and endeavours that Mayor Burke will champion, as he assumes his role as their representative for the 2023-2024 mayoral year.