Councillor Marjorie Fisher, 1980 - 1981
Councillor Marjorie Fisher

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1980 - 1981
Mayoress: Mrs Mary Walsh
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Jack Wood
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Bernard Murray
Charity Appeal: In aid of the handicapped, the young and the elderly.

Details:
  • The first lady Mayor of Kirklees.
  • Involved in local government since 1962.
  • Member of the National Council for the Deaf.
  • Worked with Paddock Youth Board.
  • Had two children.
  • A prominent campaigner for the rights of deaf people.
  • Deputy Social Services chairman.
  • Died in 1991.
Councillor Donald White, 1979 - 1980
Councillor Donald White

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1979 - 1980
Mayoress: Mrs Jean White
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Marjorie Fisher
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Colin Walker
Charity Appeal: In aid of a lifeboat that went on to serve the Newbiggin-by-the-Sea station in Northumberland (B 553 Kirklees, Atlantic 21 class) until 1998 and now serves the Isle of Wight as Sandown Rescue One based at Sandown

Details:
  • Worked for twenty years at Case Tractors Ltd of Meltham as an engineer.
  • Leading member of the Concert Secretaries’ Federation and Club and the Institute Union for thirty five years.
  • Governor of seven schools and colleges.
  • Former President of Primrose Hill Cricket Club.
  • President and Secretary of Taylor Hill Working Men’s Club.
  • Had three children.
  • Died in 1986.
Councillor Charles Cyril Kenchington, M.B.E., Major (Retired), 1978 - 1979
Councillor Charles Cyril Kenchington, M.B.E., Major (Retired)

Term of Office: 1978 - 1979
Mayoress: Mrs Edith Kenchington
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Alice Kilburn
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Mary Harwood

Details:
  • Enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) in 1931.
  • Served in the Second World War at Dunkirk and in the Indian Empire.
  • Served in the North-West Frontier Province, the British Mandate for Palestine and in the Korean War, being involved in the Battle of the Hook.
  • During this time he was awarded ten campaign medals and two Certificates of Merit.
  • While serving as Quartermaster with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in Palestine in 1945, he was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
  • Retired from the British Army in 1965.
  • Elected to the County Borough of Huddersfield Council in 1971 and subsequently re-elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
  • Served as Chairman of the Development and Technical Services Committee (Estates and Properties) and on the Resources and Planning Committee (Economic Development).
  • Also served on Development and Technical Services Committee (Public Works).
  • Member of Huddersfield Town Centre Working Party.
  • President of Huddersfield Pipe Band, Huddersfield and District Army Veteran's Association, Oakes and Quarmby Old people's Committee and the Dunkirk Veterans' Association.
  • Died in 1998 aged eighty six.
Councillor Jack Brooke, 1977 - 1978
Councillor Jack Brooke

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 1977 - 1978
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Clive Cyril Kenchington, M.B.E., Major (Retired)
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Elizabeth Coombes
Charity Appeal: In aid of Multiple Sclerosis research, Saint John Ambulance, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Details:
  • An engineer for thirty years.
  • Elected to Spenborough Municipal Borough Council in 1967.
  • Served as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
  • Chairman of the Silver Jubilee Working Party.
  • Member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Sports Council and the Yorkshire Tourist Board.
  • Member of the Spenborough Flower Fund Committee.
  • Served on the Council management Board, the Improvement and Development Committee and the Recreation and Amenities Committee.
  • Governor of seven schools.
  • Two children.
  • Died in 2007.
Councillor Andrew Alastair Mason, 1976 - 1977
Councillor Andrew Alastair Mason

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 1976 - 1977
Mayoress: Mrs Grace Mason
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Jack Brooke
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Alice Kilburn
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and cancer research.

Details:
  • Served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
  • Involved in the textile trade since 1946.
  • Two children.
  • Twenty two years as a councillor.
  • Former chairman of Kirkburton Urban District Council.
  • Elected to the West Riding County Council.
  • Served on the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
  • Member of the Upper Agbrigg Divisional Education Directorate.
  • President of Huddersfield East Conservative Association.
  • Governor of Huddersfield Polytechnic (now the University of Huddersfield).
  • Director of Kirklees Development Community.
  • Died in 1983.
Councillor William Gregory, 1975 - 1976
Councillor William Gregory

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1975 - 1976
Mayoress: Mrs Enid Gregory
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Frank Allatt, J.P.
Assistant Mayor: Councillor Marjorie Fisher

Details:
  • Born in Essex in 1916.
  • Served as Area Officer for the North - East Yorkshire section of the National Union of Public Employees having joined in 1946.
  • Sat on Kirkburton and Denby Dale Urban District Councils.
  • A founding member of Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
  • He had three children.
  • Died at the age of eighty six in 2002.
Councillor Reginald Hartley, M.B.E., J.P., 1974 - 1975
Councillor Reginald Hartley, M.B.E., J.P.

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1974 - 1975
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Alfred Ramsden
Assistant Mayor: Councillor William Gregory

Details:
  • Worked for British Railways for 48 years.
  • Started as a councillor on Holme Valley Urban District Council in 1936.
  • Sat on a number of district councils.
  • Appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1967 for services to local government.
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace and served as chairman of the West Riding Bench in Huddersfield.
  • Honoured with the freedom of the County Borough of Huddersfield in 1973.
  • One of the last Alderman of the County Borough of Huddersfield before the position was abolished under the Local Government Act, 1972.
  • Died in June 1988