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Mayor 2013-2014Mayor Councillor Colin Thomson of Barrow, Councillor Colin Thomson

Councillor Colin Thomson has been appointed Mayor for 2013/14. 

Councillor Thomson has chosen Barrow & District Disability Association, MacMillan Nurses and the Barrow Defib Appeal as his charities for the year.

Background Information

Colin is a proud 63 year old Barrovian having been brought up by his parents in Hindpool before moving to Walney Island at the age of four, where he still lives today with his wife Brenda who is Colin's Mayoress.

Colin and Brenda were both educated at Walney schools and married in September 1969 and have two daughters, Joanne and Karen, and three grandchildren, Natalie (18), Jordan (16) and Chloe (13).

Colin spent his working career in Vickers Ltd shipyard as a Fitter and Turner until his early retirement due to health reasons, but he now does light volunatry work at South Walney Infant & Nursery School where he has been a School Governor for more than forty years, a position he still holds to this day and doubts that many can beat that for dedication!

Colin's political career began in 1972, being elected to the former County Borough of Barrow-in-Furness Council as a Labour member for the Newbarns Ward, until the Council was disbanded in 1974 under the restructuring of local government.

With the formation of the Barrow Borough Council in 1974 Colin was elected in June 1973 representing Walney Ward, along with four other Labour colleagues.

Colin retired from politics in May 1976 to raise a family with Brenda before returning to the political scene in May 2010 after winning the Walney South Ward, being returned again in 2011 to serve the residents of Walney South for another four years after an all out election of the Council in that year.

Colin serves on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee as well as serving on the Planning Committee as Vice-chairperson.

The last year, 2012/13 Colin has spent as Deputy Mayor to Councillor Wendy Maddox, and this year 2013/14 Colin is proud to have the honour and privilege of being elected Mayor of the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.

Away from the political scene, Colin has a keen interest in education, enjoying going to local amateur operatic and dramatic productions throughout the area, listening to music, watching all kinds of sport especially Crown Green Bowling, having played in the past for the King Alfred and Vickerstown Institute Bowling Clubs, to which he hopes to return to in the not too distant future.

Deputy Mayor of Barrow

The Deputy Mayor of Barrow for 2013/2014 is Councillor Marie Derbyshire.  Councillor Derbyshire's consort will be her husband Steve Derbyshire.