Special guest for Addingham groups

Wharfedale Observer: The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, with members of Addingham Primary School Council. Photograph by Karen Ross Photography The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, with members of Addingham Primary School Council. Photograph by Karen Ross Photography

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford answered questions from primary schoolchildren and met representatives of many village organisations when she visited Addingham.

Councillor Joanne Dodds was invited to the village by Addingham Civic Society last week to learn more about how the community works together.

About 50 people attended the event, including the chair of Addingham Parish Council, Coun Catherine Coates, plus representatives of Addingham Garden Friends, the Addingham Community Library, Addingham First Responders and Addingham Churches Together.

Civic society chairman Jim Robinson said: “I wanted to arrange for the Deputy Lord Mayor to meet as many people as possible who have contributed in some way to the community but to also showcase the achievements in the village all undertaken by the various groups.”

Addingham Primary School head teacher Hilary Gallacher brought along eight children who make up the School Council.

The pupils asked Coun Dodds a range of questions and were eager to learn about her role as well as what she liked to do in her spare time.

She said: “The coming together of the many village clubs, societies and organisations and what they have achieved is admirable.”

Coun Dodds was also taken on a tour of the village, taking in the games area and the Hen Pen garden.

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