Long serving councillor Roy Lees has donned the chains of office as the new mayor of Chorley.

Roy has spent a total of 16 years on the council, first representing Anderton, Health Charnock and Rivington from 1996 to 2000, and then being elected in 2002 as councillor for Chorley South West Ward which he still serves.

His mayoress is his wife Margaret who is no stranger to the Town Hall herself as she served as a councillor for many years, first for Coppull and then for Chorley South East ward, retiring six years ago.

The couple, who were both born and brought up in Coppull, are excited about their forthcoming year in office as the borough’s first citizens.

Roy said: “We’re proud to be the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley and we’re both particularly looking forward to meeting people from the various organisations and charities across the borough.

“It is especially poignant this year because we’re commemorating the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War. This is something that’s particularly close to home because Margaret’s grandfather was a Chorley Pal and was killed at the Battle of the Somme.”

Roy was born in 1947 and attended Coppull Parish Primary School and Wellfield High School, Leyland, before attending university for his degree in quantity surveying.

Throughout his career, he has worked for various construction companies before retiring in 2012. In his younger years he played for and managed Coppull Celtic Football Club, but now spends his leisure time playing golf.

Roy and Margaret knew each other from primary school. They got together in 1968, married in 1970 and have two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

During their year in office, Roy and Margaret will raise money for their chosen charities – Home-Start Central Lancashire, Help the Homeless Chorley and St Catherine’s Hospice.