Councillor Wayne Irish became the Borough of Eastleigh’s First Citizen at the annual Mayor Making ceremony on Thursday 12 May.
Wayne Irish is a lifelong resident of the borough. He attended Chamberlayne Road Boy’s School and later Toynbee Secondary school. In 1964 he was one of the first pupils to attend Alderman Quilley School.
He worked at Oswald Baileys and with Hants and Dorset Motor Services in Eastleigh, rising to the rank of Inspector. During this time he studied at evening classes at Southampton Institute to become a Member of the Institute of Transport Administration. He also worked at OK Industries at Barton Park.
In 1992 he went to work for Hampshire County Council Social Services in Southampton and upon Local Government re-organisation in 1997 was transferred to Southampton City Council. In 2005 he transferred to Arts and Heritage where he now currently works part time.
He was elected as a councillor for Eastleigh Central Ward in 1982 and has now served 29 years on the Council.. He has been a governor at Quilley School of Engineering since 1980 and is currently Vice Chair.
Wayne has had a lifetime interest in singing and church choirs..His interests include all forms of transport, model railways, listening to classical music and reading, mostly historical books. He is also involved in fund raising for Naomi House Children’s Hospice and Eastleigh Good Neighbours.
His charities this year will be Age Concern Eastleigh and HCPT Group 170 – a charity that takes groups of children with disabilities and other medical needs on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes in France
Councillor Rupert Kyrle who represents Botley Ward was invested as Deputy Mayor for the year.
The Mayor Making ceremony also included the award of Citizen of Honour conferred on five local people;
Mrs Pamela Baker has been involved with the Girl Guide Movement since she joined as a Brownie at the age of 8. She was eventually appointed as County Commissioner for Hampshire West and after five years in this position, she had served more than 25 years continuously as a commissioner and almost 40 years in Guiding.
Mr Tony Balcombe has served on the Airport Consultative Committee for 41 years since December 1969 and has been Chairman since 1987. He was instrumental in the introduction of insurance for private aircraft which was optional previously. He has represented Southampton International Airport at the National Conference of the UK Association of Airport Consultative Committees since 1986.
Mr Edward Dawes BEM together with his late wife, Dolly Dawes (Citizen of Honour ~ 2003), was a founder member of Eastleigh Shopmobility and has been involved with them for 21 years. Despite health problems he continues to volunteer to help in the shop. He also volunteered to be a community bus driver for many years.
Mrs Pat Higgins has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities for over 35 years. She was treasurer of Eastleigh Mencap for many years and still does voluntary work at the QE11 Centre. She is also treasurer of Eastleigh Friends and is involved in organising social activities for the families.
Mr Devan Kandiah is a member of Age Concern Eastleigh and has built up the services from one half day to a five day activity centre. This has meant that the Centre can now provide the Older Person in Eastleigh with a range of activities to promote their wellbeing in a social, mental and physical way. He has also been a member of The Lions Club of Eastleigh and has helped to collect over £100K in fundraising over the last twenty years.
Last year’s Mayor John Caldwell will be a tough act to follow but we’re sure Wayne will up to the job.
Not only is he one of Eastleigh’s longest serving Councillors he is also probably one of the Lib Dem’s hardest party members who has walked 1000,s of miles delivering leaflets during his career!
Photo and source: Eastleigh Borough Council