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Mayor of High Peak

High Peak Borough Councillor Linda Grooby represents Cote Heath ward in Buxton. She is also the Derbyshire County Councillor for Buxton North and East.

In addition to the Mayor being the first citizen of the Borough and Chair of the Council, the Mayor also acts as the Armed Forces Champion for the Authority.

Linda was born in Australia but has lived in High Peak for most of her life. She is married and has four children, three of whom live in Buxton and one near Bolsover. She has three grandchildren with ages ranging between four and 19 and is actively engaged in their education and upbringing.

She went to school in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and, as was usual then, left at 15 to go straight into work. In later years she attended High Peak College gaining GCE A level Law and English and a City & Guilds qualification to teach adults.

Linda works as an Administrator in the cement plant at Tarmac Cement and Lime at Tunstead Quarry.

Throughout her life Linda has taken an active part in local community activities, including organisations such as the National Childbirth Trust and the Scouts. She is currently the Chairman of Harpur Hill Residents Association, running fund-raising and social events with the local residents. She is a governor of Buxton Junior School supporting children's progression through the education system. Her husband has Parkinson's disease and this has increased her awareness of the needs of people living with a disability, together with their carers and families.

Linda has been an avid walker doing several long distance walks. The longest of these was the Southwest Coast Path. Yes all 630 miles of it. Undertaken in all weathers. This ranks  as one her greatest achievements in life.

In accepting the role of Mayor for 2018-2019 she said: 'Being a member of the Borough Council has given me an opportunity to shape the future of Buxton and High Peak which means so much to me. I now look forward to using my mayoral year to further this ambition and increase fund raising for the many worthwhile local charities.'