COUNCILLOr Don Rowley has stepped into the role of Eastwood’s deputy Mayor after Cllr Ian Stevens stepped down.
Veteran councillor Don Rowley says he is looking forward to taking over the role of Mayor in 2012 when he will also take office as the president of Eastwood Probus Club.
Handing Cllr Rowley the chain of office, current town Mayor Ken Woodhead said: “His zest for life and willingness to help others is admirable. I have long admired him as a person. His main aim has always been to make Eastwood a town to be proud of.”
Cllr Rowley, who now lives in Brinsley, said: “It gives me great pride and I will endeavour to help the community win back their pride and respect for a great town.”
Involved in more than 50 organisations over the years, the councillor has been town Mayor twice and council leader in 2003.
He is co-founder of Eastwood Twinning Association and a former president and trustee of Eastwood Age Concern.
Actively involved in raising money for good causes, Cllr Rowley is a poppy seller for the Royal British Legion and champions the cause of the Eastwood and Greasley Cancer Research Group.
He said ex-councillor Hazel Braithwaite had been an inspiration down the years and his ‘mentor’.