Mayor 2013-2014 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.
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 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
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
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.