Outgoing Rishton Councillor Harry Grayson has embarked on a new career as a screen extra. Harry, who has now moved to Ireland to spend time with his family, wanted a hobby to fill some of his free time and he is no stranger to public speaking.
Harry, whose sales patter at the Blackburn branch of Mark and Spencer was legendary, said, "I was a member of the school drama club and also played for 15 years in a country band as rhythm guitarist and vocals. I have had over 30 years experience working in face-to-face businesses and 10 years experience as a District Councillor so I am used to being in the public eye!"
Harry has signed up with Backstage Casting, a company which deal with film and television extras in Ireland, and his profile can be found here:
Harry Grayson has retired from Hyndburn Borough Council after ten years in the role of Rishton Councillor. He was elected to HBC in 2006 in a by-election when Ann Scaife left office.
Harry was presented with two framed pictures by his Rishton colleagues as a leaving gift. One is a map of Rishton and the other is a shot of him meeting Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Accrington in 2012.
Harry's place on the Council will be taken by Jeff Scales, who beat Ann Scaife yesterday in the local election.
Jeff Scales has been victorious for the Labour party and won the Rishton ward election. The seat has been held since 2006 by Cllr Harry Grayson, who has stood down after a decade of service to spend more time with his family.
The results of the Rishton local election are as follows:
Polling stations are now open and all residents are encouraged to go and cast their vote in the local elections.
Jeff Scales is the Labour candidate and the favoured choice of retiring Councillor Harry Grayson to succeed him. Team Rishton would urge people to vote for Jeff and ensure that we elect a Councillor who will work together with the other members rather than against.
Polling booths are located at Rishton Free Gardeners Club, St Charles Church and St Peter and Paul's Church and you do not need your polling card to vote. Doors close at 10.00pm tonight.
The Rishton Councillors try for the most part to be as non-political as possible but we are making the annual plea to residents for them to vote Labour in the local elections.
We have a good team in Rishton and we work well together. Three of the six Hyndburn Cabinet members are representatives for Rishton, plus Miles Parkinson is not only our Labour County Councillor but also Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council.
We don't refer to ourselves as 'Team Rishton' for nothing!
Losing Harry Grayson is very sad for us but Jeff Scales has worked with us on numerous projects stretching all the way back to asking for revisions to the planning application at Westwood Garage. His current major project is the Piggy Park Garden Association for which he has secured grants totalling nearly £20,000 and this will be of major benefit to the schools and youth associations.
Harry said, "We haven't made wild promises to residents and we have always been realistic about what can and can't be done but we always look for the best solutions to problems. We are open about what is happening and we post daily updates of our activities, something none of our opponents do anywhere else in the borough. The last thing we need in Rishton is more political battles. Please vote for Jeff Scales tomorrow and keep your three Rishton Councillors as a united team."
Polling stations open tomorrow at St Charles Church, Rishton Free Gardeners Club and St Peter & St Paul's Church from 7.00am until 10.00pm and you do not need your polling card to vote.
Cllr Harry Grayson has been to visit the newly-renamed Dr Grayson Way in Great Harwood on his trip back to Rishton. The road was named after the tragic early death last year of Harry's son Rob, a noted and well-loved local doctor.
Harry, who recently moved to Ireland with his family, is pictured here with his grandchildren, Georgina and Dominic outside Great Harwood Medical Centre.
Harry said, "I'm delighted to see this permanent reminder of my wonderful boy. The pain of losing a son gets a little bit worse every day but I like to think this is a fitting tribute to a man who put everything into making people better."
Hyndburn has suffered the deepest cuts in
England while Southern Councils have been given millions extra. The
Tories do not care about the North.
Labour have kept your HBC Council tax at
the same level as 2010, garden waste collection, pest control and bulky
goods removals are still free services and we will never charge for car
Labour have fought for Hyndburn and
continue to manage finances without resorting to additional borrowing.
We are working with the private sector to bring in new investment and
create jobs for local people at new business parks.
We also work in partnership with several voluntary groups which has
brought in millions of pounds for projects around the borough.
Labour continually source grants for parks
and leisure, which enabled a new games area at Milnshaw, a forthcoming
£2m revamp at Rhyddings and new sports facilities including 3G football
pitches, changing rooms, saunas and a women's
gym. We are now also entering into lease agreements with local football
teams so that they can have dedicated home grounds, with Rishton Utd
being the first of its kind.
Labour have invested over £22m into
regeneration projects around Hyndburn since 2011, plus secured £7m for
new homes and over £10m for a major town centre renovation starting this
Only Hyndburn Labour has protected you from
these unfair Conservative government deep cuts. We offer continued
sound financial management and innovative ideas across Hyndburn, not
reckless spending in favoured areas.