Councillor Barry Irvine was elected Mayor of Bridport, in May 2018, for the Mayoral Year – 2018-2019.
Barry was born in Belfast and will celebrate his 70th birthday this year. After leaving school Barry joined the Civil Service where he worked for 6 years, and during this time he went to night school to study for ‘A’ levels, before going on to attend the Queen’s University Belfast for 4 years as a mature student where he obtained a degree in Theology, and later a Diploma in Counselling.
Ordained in the Anglican Church of Ireland in 1976, Barry went on to spend four years in the Shankil Road area of Belfast during the troubles , then moving to England in 1980 to take up senior roles within the Church. These included, Vicar at the Chapel-en-le-Frith (Chapel in the Forest) in Derbyshire, for six years – then Chaplain at the Cheltenham Hospital for fifteen years, after which he took early retirement due to ill health. Barry then moved to Bridport with his second wife, and between their two families they have four children and ten grandchildren.
After getting involved with life and events in Bridport, and with his keen interest in politics, Barry stood for election to the Town Council in 2015, becoming Deputy Mayor in 2017, and then Mayor of Bridport this year. He is also on the Board of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the Bridport Arts Centre. Each year the Mayor chooses 2 charities to support, and this year Barry has chosen the Youth Community Centre and Mind Fest.
In his spare time Barry enjoys being involved with theatre and music, since 2006 he has supported the Encore Co. and Bridport Musical Theatre, and been actively involved in many productions at Bridport Arts Centre.