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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Chain of office for ex-county councillor Peter

PETER Tyson is to be Copeland’s next mayor.

He will be installed as the borough’s new First Citizen at the council’s annual meeting on May 8.

Deputy to Tory mayor John Jackson for the last 12 months, Coun Tyson’s nomination to take the mayoral robes for 2012-13 was accepted at the recent full council meeting.

Coun Tyson’s daughter-in-law, Louise, employed in stakeholder relations at Sellafield, will be his mayoress.

A former Cumbria county councillor, he was elected to Copeland Council in 2007 representing Labour for Sandwith ward.

A former Haig Pit and later Marchon worker, Coun Tyson started his working life as a lumberjack for the Forestry Commission at Whinlatter and Ennerdale.

Birmingham-born, Coun Tyson’s family moved to Keswick where he spent his early childhood.

He met his wife, Joan, a Whitehaven lass, while she was working in a Keswick hotel. The couple have lived at their home on Greenbank for more than 40 years.

Coun Tyson’s interest in politics was sparked as a trades’ union representative at Marchon. Retirement saw him take over stewardship of the Greenbank Pensioners’ and Members (P&M) Club for some time.

He bounced back from ill health, which had forced him to stand down as a county councillor, to successfully contest Sandwith ward for the borough council.

A keen Whitehaven rugby league fan, he is also chair to both Whitehaven & District Boxing Club and West Cumbria Credit Union as well as sitting on the Whitehaven Trades Council.

The Tysons have three grown-up children, Carol, Pauline and Peter, seven grand-children and two great grandchildren.

The new deputy mayor-elect is Geoff Garrity.

Another former Marchon worker, Coun Garrity is also retired and has represented Hensingham as a Labour councillor since 2006.

Last week, the outgoing mayor of Copeland, John Jackson, gave a tour of the borough to a party of mayors and dignitaries from around Cumbria. Points of interest included The Beacon, Florence Mine, Muncaster Castle and The La’al Ratty.

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