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Councillor Helen Mallory
Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2012/2013
Mallory was born in Hale, Cheshire one of six children with three
sisters and two brothers. The family moved to Scarborough where she
attended Scarborough Girls High School, Graham School and
Scarborough Sixth Form College.
A keen sportswoman she represented the area in many sports
including hockey, badminton, volleyball, tennis and swimming. Her
interest in sport led her to Chester where she was awarded a
Batchelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Geography from
the University of Liverpool.
On completing her degree she returned to Scarborough and met and
married her husband Bruce and went on to take her role in the
family business, Mallory’s Recycling, based in Seamer.
Helen also worked at Scarborough Sports Centre for many years
teaching aerobics and keep fit classes.
She has been a governor at Seamer and Irton Community School for
nineteen years and Chairman for eighteen years.
Helen became a Borough Councillor in 2003 and has also been
Chairman of Seamer Parish Council for three years. She has been the
Deputy Mayor of the Borough between 2011 and 2012.
She has two children, Jonathan and Lucy who both work for the
family business. In her spare time Helen enjoys swimming, attending
local theatre, walking her dogs and gardening. Helen is delighted
that her daughter Lucy is to be the Mayoress of the Borough of
Scarborough and will be the youngest Mayoress that the Borough has
Lucy attended local schools and went on to gain a child care
qualification before moving on to managing part of the family
business, which specialises in recycling non-ferrous metals. She
took a young driver’s training course to gain a Heavy Goods Vehicle
Helen will also be supported in her role as Mayor by Mrs Joanna
Oxtoby who will be leading the Mayoress Community Fund committee
for the year ahead. This committee raises funds, which are then
distributed to local individuals and groups.
The Mayoral theme for the year is “working together” and Helen
and Lucy hope to encourage and support the people of the Borough of
Scarborough to work together.
Councillor Councillor G Andrew Backhouse
Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2012/2013
Andrew Backhouse was born at St Mary’s Hospital, Scarborough, in
1964. The youngest of three children, Andrew first lived in Seamer,
attending Seamer & Irton Primary School, before briefly moving
with his parents to South Cave, Hull to run a business. They later
returned to Scarborough, settling in the village of Scalby, from
where Andrew attended Newby Primary School, before moving onto
Scalby Secondary School to complete his education.
Andrew’s family have always been involved in businesses that
serve the public, indeed Andrew started his “working life” helping
deliver milk to the residents of Crossgates and Seamer at the
tender age of four, often receiving Christmas cards to the
“littlest milkman in the world”. Andrew’s involvement in the family
business has now entered its 44th year, and still their emphasis is
on serving the public, through their family owned caravan park “The
Haven” at Burniston.
Andrew has been involved in a variety of businesses, the most
well known been “Peacock Brothers Dairy”, at one time consisting of
11 milk rounds with the Backhouse family serving the residents of
Scarborough from 1963 until 2004, when Andrew sold the last
remaining milk round.
During his time at Scalby School Andrew captained the Rugby Team
for five years, with the team only losing two matches in all that
time. Andrew also enjoyed the challenges of goalkeeping, and was
still playing into his forties for local teams such as The
Blacksmiths Arms, The Corporation Club, North Bay, and Ayton
Reserves. Andrew now enjoys the more sedate sport of darts, and on
occasions is known to roll a wood or two at flat green bowling –
which he wonders “is this a sign of getting old?”
Andrew entered the world of local politics in October 2000, when
he joined Burniston Parish Council, holding the position of
Chairman for three years, and continuing to be a Parish Councillor
to this day. He was elected onto Scarborough Borough Council in
2003, and North Yorkshire County Council in 2005. During his time
on the Borough Council he has held the positions of both vice chair
and chair of Scrutiny Committees, and for the past five years held
the cabinet position for the Environment and Transport
Andrew holds various community positions including being a
School Governor at Lindhead Primary School, and also Scalby School.
He is a member of the management team at the Pupil Referall Unit,
and a trustee of Lindhead Out of School Club. He has a strong
interest in youth, and community, and was instrumental in
establishing the first Youth Café in Scarborough, located in Newby.
He runs the local Village Sports Day for Burniston and Cloughton,
and it is no surprise to see him performing in the village’s annual
Andrew is married to Sue who will be his Deputy Mayoress during
the civic year, and they have four children, ranging from eight to
twenty-eight years old.