Novice beekeeper to become mayor of St Helens

Mayor Geoff Almond with his family

Mayor Geoff Almond with his family

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HE’S been a well-travelled teacher, charity worker and a novice bee-keeper.

Now multi-talented Geoff Almond is set to add another string to his bow - by becoming mayor of St Helens.

The retired headteacher was sworn into office last Wednesday (March 16), telling his fellow councillors at the mayor-making ceremony: “This is a tremendous honour and in my wildest dreams never thought this would happen.”

It’s really special. I assure you that I will carry out the role with the dignity it deserves.”

He also thanked his wife, family and friends for their continuous support over the years.

Born in Cowley Hill Maternity Hospital, he has lived in Toll Bar, Windle and Eccleston.

He met wife Jean while teaching at the same school and the couple have two children, Jayne and Jonathan.

During his varied career he worked at schools in Prescot, Leigh, and Halewood and even enjoyed a stint teaching in Barcelona!

First elected in 1975, he represented Moss Bank for many before losing his seat in 2001. Ten years and several failed attempts later he was re-elected last year to the town centre ward.

Outside of politics, he is a school governor and treasurer to two local charities.

He is also a lay canon and a member of the Liverpool Diocesan Synod.

Two charities close to the new mayor’s heart - St Helens Carers Centre and the local branch of Carers UK - have been nominated as the mayor’s charities.

Coun Almond was asked to step in at short notice after Suzanne Knight, who was due to stand as mayor this year, lost her seat in the recent local election.

Coun Andy Bowden will serve as deputy mayor.