Lunch event celebrates South Yorkshire council

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A lunch celebrating the creation of South Yorkshire County Council 40 years ago is to be held at Barnsley’s Ardsley House Hotel on Friday, March 28.

The authority came into being in April 1974, taking over from the old West Riding County Council and many smaller rural and urban district councils.

Speakers at the event will be last leader Roy Thwaites and last chief executive officer John Harris.

The council’s most famous policy was to support cheap bus fares throughout the county. It was abolished in 1983.