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Bernard Peter Atha CBE (born 27 August 1928) is a former Lord Mayor of Leeds and a major figure in the arts and sport in West Yorkshire and elsewhere; he has also appeared in a number of films.

Bernard Atha

Leeds City Councillor
for Kirkstall Ward
In office
1973 – 2014
Preceded byR. Robertson?
Succeeded byFiona Venner
Leeds City Councillor
for Holbeck Ward
In office
1969 – 1973
Preceded byW. Smith?
Succeeded byWard abolished
Leeds City Councillor
for City Ward
In office
1957 – 1968
Preceded byE. Stubbs
Succeeded byWard abolished
Personal details
Bernard Peter Atha

(1928-08-27) 27 August 1928 (age 90)
Leeds, England
Political partyLabour

Atha was born in Leeds and educated at Leeds Modern School and Leeds University.[1]

In Ken Loach's film Kes Atha played the part of the careers officer who "throws Billy on the scrap heap".[2]

He was Lord Mayor of Leeds 2000-2001.[3] During his mayoralty he selected 18 "high-profile, well-known Yorkshire women" to act in turn as his Lady Mayoress, a role traditionally taken by the spouse or another family member of the mayor.[4]

He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Birthday Honours "for services to the Arts and to the community in Leeds",[5] having earlier been appointed OBE in the 1991 New Year Honours "for services to Sport, particularly Sport for the Disabled".[6]


  1. ^ "Bernard Atha CBE: Chairman & President". Board of Directors. UK Sports Association. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Golding, Simon W. (2014). "Bernard Atha OBE - Youth Employment Officer". Life after Kes. Andrews UK. ISBN 9781910295311.
  3. ^ "Lord Mayors & Aldermen of Leeds since 1626" (PDF). Leeds City Council. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ Hutchison, Helen (18 May 2001). "Bernard and his Ladies". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 58358". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 7.
  6. ^ "No. 9". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 28 December 1990. p. 9.

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