The current Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen is Mrs Colette Hardman.
Mrs Colette Hardman was born in Darwen and grew up in Little Harwood. She attended Kelsall Avenue Nursery school, St Alban’s RC Primary School and then Notre Dame High School. She studied Hotel management at Blackburn Collage and at 17 took a job at Premier Construction Company Limited. She stayed there until 1988 when she returned to college to do a BTEC National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing). Following this Colette took a supply job at Kelsall Avenue Nursery school in 1990 and stayed on after getting a permanent contract until it closed in 2006. She worked at Little Harwood Children’s Centre until 2011 when Colette gave up work to concentrate on her children and family. In 2013, she went as a supply-teaching assistant at St Peter’s RC Primary School Blackburn and was later appointed as a permanent member of staff.
Colette attended Brownies and Guides at the units at St Stephen’s where she was awarded her Queen’s Guide Award. She went on to Rangers and then became a Brownie Leader at St Stephen’s Brownies until its closure.
Colette and Derek have always encouraged the children to partake in activities and they spend their time running them to and from various activities. The children are involved with Grey Wolf Explorer Scout Unit, Immanuel Guides and Cubs, Blackburn Harriers, West Pennine Netball Club and Cherry Tree Cricket Club. They also play competitive sport for QEGS and help the younger pupils to improve and achieve to the best of their abilities.