Councillor Thomas Patrick O'Donovan, B.A. (Hons), Mayor 1990 - 1991
Term of Office: 1990 - 1991
Mayoress: Mrs Eileen Oâ€™Donovan
Deputy Mayor: Councillor John P. Howarth
Charity Appeal: In aid of Kirkwood Hospice.
- Originally of Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland.
- Moved to Liverpool and worked for the Burmah Oil Company Ltd at Ellesmere Port.
- Spent some time working in the Bailiwick of Jersey.
- National Development Officer for the British Amateur Rugby League Association.
Councillor Colin Watson, 1989 - 1990
Term of Office: 1989 - 1990
Mayoress: Mrs Doreen Watson
Deputy Mayor: Councillor David A. Wright
Charity Appeal: In aid of the blind and the handicapped.
- Represented Denby Dale Ward since 1975.
- A former Chairman of Denby Dale Parish Council.
- A former collier at Woolley Colliery and Park Colliery for thirty nine years.
- Chaired the Environmental, Planning and Social Services Committees.
Councillor John Greaves Holt, 1988 - 1989
Term of Office: 1988 - 1989
Mayoress: Miss Pamela Baguley
Deputy Mayor: Councillor L. Drake
Charity Appeal: In aid of Kirklees Children in Need with the aim of raising Â£50,000.
- Served twenty six years as a councillor.
- Employed as a woollen manufacturer for Ben Hall and Son Limited.
- Started off in the Liberal Party but elected as a Conservative in 1967.
- Went on to occupy all of the main positions in the Conservative Group on Kirklees Metropolitan Council including Chief Whip, Deputy Leader and Leader.
- Served as Chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
Councillor George Speight, J.P., 1987 - 1988
Term of Office: 1987 - 1988
Mayoress: Mrs Joan Speight
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Colin Watson
- Chairman of the Highways Committee.
- Served as Chief Whip for the Labour Group on Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
Councillor Mary Walsh, 1986 - 1987
Term of Office: 1986 - 1987
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Thomas Patrick O'Donovan, B.A. (Hons)
Charity Appeal: In aid of physically and mentally handicapped children.
- Born in Hemsworth.
- Member of the former Dewsbury Health Authority.
- Closely involved with fostering and adoption committees.
- Chairman of the Kirklees Social services Committee.
- Served as Mayoress to Councillor Marjorie Fisher.
- Deputy Chairman of Social Services Committee.
- While serving as Mayor of Kirklees she was honoured to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at a function in Ripon.
- Died in 1998.
Councillor Colin C. Walker, J.P., 1985 - 1986
Term of Office: 1985 - 1986
Mayoress: Mrs Barbara Walker
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Jack Brooke
Charity Appeal: In aid of Dewsbury Hospital.
- Technician at British Telecommunications and a former collier.
- Previously a member of Batley Municipal Borough Council.
- Appointed a Justice of the Peace.
Councillor Stanley Dawson, 1984 - 1985
Term of Office: 1984 - 1985
Mayoress: Mrs Doris Dawson
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Colin Walker
Charity Appeal: In aid of the restoration of canals in the area.
- The Mayor's Appeal resulted in a lock on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near Firth Street being named the Stanley Dawson Lock in his honour (see photograph above).
- Worked as a machine tool fitter at David Brown Gears Ltd of Lockwood for fifty one years.
- President of the Crosland Moor Community Centre.
- Governor of various schools.
- Had five children.
- Prior to joining the Labour party, he was a member of the Independent Labour Party which finally united with the Labour Party in 1975.
- During the 1930s he was a clerk at the Check Office.
- He was elected to the County Borough of Huddersfield Council in 1964, lost his seat in 1967 but was subsequently re-elected in 1971.
- Elected to both Kirklees Metropolitan Council and West Yorkshire County Council in 1973.
- Lost his Kirklees seat in 1976 and his West Yorkshire seat in 1977 but was re-elected to Kirklees in 1979.
- Served as Deputy Chairman of the Development Services Committee.
- President of Lockwood's Old Folks' Treat and the Crosland Moor Community Association.
- Chairman of Thornton Lodge Gala Committee and the Environmental Health Committee.
- Previously served on Batley Municipal Borough Council.
- Died in 1991.
Councillor Alfred Ramsden, 1983 - 1984
Term of Office: 1983 - 1984
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Bernard Murphy
Charity Appeal: In aid of a coronary machine for Standcliffe Hospital in Batley.
- Apprentice upholsterer at Bickers of Dewsbury.
- Leader and President of Thornhill Youth Club since its inception.
- Had his own upholstery business for fourteen years from 1949.
- He served previously as Mayor of the County Borough of Dewsbury (1971 - 72).
- Successfully opposed plans for high rise flats in Dewsbury.
- Chairman of the Housing Committee at both Dewsbury and Kirklees councils.
- Died aged eighty six in 2002.
Councillor Jack Wood, 1982 - 1983
Term of Office: 1982 - 1983
Mayoress: Mrs Mary Wood
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Harry Oldroyd
Charity Appeal: In aid of training for young people.
- One of the first to volunteer for military service in 1939, joining the Royal Air Force Regiment and then transferring to the Coldstream Guards.
- Served for seven years on Batley Municipal Borough Council.
- Ran a greengrocer's and worked for British Relay Service Ltd, a broadcasting company.
- Director of the Rugby League Football Club and served as Umpire for Dewsbury and District Cricket League for thirty years.
- Member of the Royal Air Force Association.
- Died aged seventy nine in 2003.
Councillor Fred Pickles, J.P., 1981 - 1982
Term of Office: 1981 - 1982
Mayoress: Mrs Barbara Pickles
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Stanley Dawson
- Born in Dewsbury and attended Wainwright Grammar School.
- Worked as a train driver for British Railways and spent fifty years at David Brown Gears Ltd.
- A committed Christian Whitley Parish Church.
- Elected to the County Borough of Dewsbury Council in 1962 and served continuously until its abolition.
- National organiser for the Association of Councillors and Secretary of the North â€“ East branch since 1969.
- Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1967 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Dewsbury Bench.
- Served as Chairman of Kirklees Metropolitan District Council in 1976.
- Chairman of the Kirklees Finance Committee, Resources and Dewsbury Partnership.
- Lost his seat on Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1976 but was re-elected in 1979.
- Elected to the West Yorkshire County Council.
- Branch Secretary of the Associated Society of Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.