A life-long Burnley FC fan who became a councillor after his car windscreen was vandalised has been made Mayor of Burnley 2018/19.
Councillor Charlie Briggs was installed as the new Mayor during a ceremony at Burnley Town Hall watched by colleagues, friends and family. His partner Patricia Lunt is the new Mayoress and his eldest son Peter will serve as Consort.
Coun. Briggs took over the role from Howard Baker.
The new Mayor was born in Burnley Wood and has lived in Burnley most of his life.
On leaving Burnley Grammar School he went to work in his parents’ pub the Railway Hotel, Brierfield, before starting work as an apprentice at Smith & Nephew, and then later Mullards.
Coun. Briggs has spent his working life in engineering, initially on the shopfloor and then later in sales. He runs his own engineering supplies company, supplying the bakery industry.
He joined the council after complaining to a local councillor about waking up one morning to find his car window smashed and being told "if you want to do something about it why don't you become a councillor?" He has represented Gannow since 2007.
Coun. Briggs is a lifelong Clarets fan and a season ticket holder at Burnley FC. To borrow Sean Dyche’s comment – he wants to be the proudest Mayor of Proudsville!
He was married to Lynne for 39 years until she passed away in 2014.He has three children – Peter, Victoria and Charles – and three grandchildren.
The Mayor's charities for the year are North West Air Ambulance, BK’s Heroes (raising brain and kidney disease awareness), East Lancashire People First (supporting people with learning difficulties) and Burnley FC in the Community.