Meet our new mayor, Peter Ryder
Garstang’s new mayor, Peter Ryder, fell in love with the community which became his adopted town when he moved to Wyre in 1983…
For the next 12 months, Peter, a familiar and respected figure around Garstang, will be the first citizen of the town, having already served on the town council for the past three years.
By his side as mayoress will be his wife, Lyn, a retired librarian who worked at Garstang library for many years.
Peter’s particular interests on Garstang Council have been in the realm of communications and social media. He was a leading light in launching the council’s website and social media policy, and is now concentrating on improvements to Moss Lane playground and the launch of a new town council award scheme for individuals and community groups which promote the town. Peter was born in Finchley, London, and attended Southgate County Grammar School.
His professional background is in Information Technology. He worked for several local authorities in London before landing the role of head of IT at Wyre Borough Council, later moving on to Preston City Council from which he retired in 2008.
Peter said he and Lyn had looked around the district when he landed the Wyre job in the 1980s, adding “We both agreed Garstang was the obvious choice to live and bring up a family.”
Peter and Lyn married in 1975 and have two daughters and five grandchildren. Their hobbies include gardening, reading and walking in the Lake District.
Peter also serves as a magistrate on the Preston bench, is a trustee of Garstang Millennium Green, and an active member (and former president) of Garstang and District Lions Club.
Commenting on his hopes for his mayorality he said: “We have a great market town and Garstang is a wonderful place to live but we need to grow our community facilities, support our excellent independent shops and welcome our new residents and encourage them to join our community. That is both the challenge and the opportunity”.
* Report by Garstang Freelance News Agency