Why does Garstang Town Council have a Mayor?

The Local Government Act 1972 was the legislation that reformed local government, re-drew local boundaries and allowed the creation of what were known as ‘successor parish councils’ which would cover the areas that were formerly the responsibility of a municipal corporation.

If such an area was declared to be a town, then the council would be known as a Town Council and the chairman of that council would be the Town Mayor.

Garstang had formerly been covered by the Garstang Rural District Council, and as such had a chairman.  Instead of being a Parish Council, it was decided that Garstang would have a Town Council, and a Mayor.

The Annual meeting of the Town Council, in May each year is the event at which the new mayor takes up his or her post for the coming year.

How is the Mayor selected?

The office of the Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor is based on a system of seniority, dependent on the length of time of service of the various members of the Council and the number of times that each member has previously held the office of Town Mayor, so that the office shall normally pass to the longest serving member of the Council who has been Town Mayor the least number of times previously and has been a member of the Council for a minimum of 3 years. All members of the Council are expected to take their turn in the office of Town Mayor.

Who was Garstang’s first Mayor?

When the Local Government Act came into being in 1974, the first Mayor of Garstang Town Council for 1974-1975 was Councillor Jonathan Greenhow, known to all as Jonty.  Jonty loved the town and the people, he served on the council for years, he was a member of the Town Trust, and was in the local fire brigade for many years, following his father who was Superintendent of the brigade.

Mr F. Gornall presents the mayoral chain of office to the first Garstang Mayor, Councillor J. Greenhow. Photo courtesy of Susan Harrison

Jonty actually served two consecutive terms as Garstang’s first Mayor, covering the period from April 1974 through to May 1976. This was due to the mayor elect moving out of the district prior to the mayor making for 1975 – 1976.

You can find information about the Greenhow family and their connection to the local fire brigade here:

Here is a list of all the mayors who have served Garstang since 1974:

1974 -75     J. Greenhow

1975 – 76    J. Greenhow

1976 – 77    F. Moreland

1977 – 78    E. Livesey

1978 – 79    D. Clarke

1979 – 80    F. Moreland

1980 – 81    T. M. Wilkinson

1981 – 82    P. J. F. Herbert

1982 – 83    P. M. L. Barton

1983 – 84    D. G. Halford

1984 – 85    P. J. F. Herbert

1985 – 86    T. Horn

1986 – 87    I. Simpson

1987 – 88    T. M. Wilkinson

1988 – 89    D. G. Halford

1989 – 90    A. Cornthwaite

1990 – 91    R. Shorrock

1991 – 92    R. M. Lang

1992 – 93    P. Rogers

1993 – 94    B. R. Andrews

1994 – 95    E. Barlow

1995 – 96    E. Livesey

1996 – 97    I. Simpson

1997 – 98    P Harrison

1998 – 99    G. Lamb

1999 – 00    B. Andrews

2000 – 01    N. Hoyles

2001 – 02    D. Atkins

2002 – 03    T. Balmain

2003 – 04    A. Humphreys

2004 – 05    D. Williams

2005 – 06    S. Harvey

2006 – 07    B. Pinder

2007 – 08    J. Williams

2008 – 09    M. Halford

2009 – 10    G. Harter

2010 – 11    G. Lamb

2011 – 12    D. Atkins

2012 – 13    S. Perkins

2013 – 14    C. Ryan

2014 – 15    G. Salisbury

2015 – 16    L. Harter

2016 – 17    A. Cornthwaite

2017 – 18    P. Ryder

2018 – 19    L. Hynes

2019 – 20    E. Webster

2020 – 21    E. Webster

2021 –         A. Allan