Councillor Thomas Patrick O'Donovan, B.A. (Hons), Mayor 1990 - 1991
Councillor Thomas Patrick O'Donovan, B.A. (Hons)

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1990 - 1991
Mayoress: Mrs Eileen O’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
Councillor Colin Watson

Party: Labour
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
Councillor John Greaves Holt

Party: Conservative
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 £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
Councillor George Speight, J.P.

Party: Labour
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
Councillor Mary Walsh

Party: Labour
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
Councillor Colin C. Walker, J.P.

Party: Labour
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
Councillor Stanley Dawson

Party: Labour
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
Councillor Alfred Ramsden

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1983 - 1984
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Bernard Murphy
Charity Appeal: In aid of a coronary machine for Standcliffe Hospital in Batley.

  • Unmarried.
  • 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
Councillor Jack Wood

Party: Labour
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
Councillor Fred Pickles, J.P.

Party: Labour
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 – 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.