York’s award-winning high street welcomes its new chair

Incoming… Johnny Hayes, left, welcomes Beppe Lombardo. Photograph: Bishy Road Traders Association
14 Sep 2016 @ 9.06 am
| Business

He’s a hard act to follow – but the Bishy Road Traders Association has appointed its successor to long-term chairman Johnny Hayes.

Johnny, who led Bishopthorpe Road to the the Great British High Street title in 2015, is stepping down as chair after six years in the role.

And the association have unanimously elected Beppe Lombardo of Trinacria café bar as their new chair.

“When we opened Trinacria we felt from day one that we were part of a great community,” said Beppe.

‘Large shoes to fill’

He said he would work to promote the association while maintaining and building on Bishy Road’s strong links with the local area.

“Johnny has left large shoes to fill and I wish to thank him for the significant work he has done for Bishy Road, its traders and the community.”

Johnny said he was delighted Beppe was taking over.

“He is the right person to take the Association forward as he cares passionately about the local community and his neighbouring traders.

“Stepping down as Chair after six years was a hard decision but I’m like a stick of rock and have Bishy Road running through me. My love and support for Bishy Road will never change.”

An independent councillor on City of York Council, Johnny has also relinquished his role as chairman of the Micklegate Business Initiative after the success of the Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge last month.