Biography of the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Christine Hudson

Councillor Christine Hudson was born in 1940 in Irlam where she spent her childhood and attended the Irlam Council School and then the Irlam Central School, which is now the Irlam and Cadishead College. Christine has remained in Irlam and Cadishead all her life.

Christine has had numerous jobs whilst bringing up her three children, Colette, Stephen and Garry who are all married and have given Christine six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

One of her most enjoyable and memorable jobs was working as a barmaid at the Cadishead Labour Club where she worked for 20 years and where she met her husband Harry. Christine has been married to Harry for 33 years; both have been involved with Cadishead Band for many years, Harry in particular plays the Euphonium and has been a member for 55 years.

Christine is looking forward to her Ceremonial Mayoral year in office where she will be assisted by both her daughter, Colette and sister, Lynda who will be her Mayoresses.

A member of the Cadishead Band Ladies Committee, who she calls her "band family". The committee help raise funds to enable them to obtain uniforms, sheet music and instruments. Christine is very committed to their constant improvement and their enjoyment. She also enjoys several other roles including being a trustee for The Salfordian and Age UK and she is particularly proud to be the 'Older Peoples' Champion' for Salford.

Christine has been a serving councillor since being elected for the Cadishead ward in 1997 and continues to serve the local community in Cadishead.

The Ceremonial Mayor has chosen to support the following charities during her term of office, helping all aspects of Salford's community from young carers to school children and elderly residents of the city of Salford:

The Andrew Cooke Music Award Trust and Memorial Fund: This charity helps all children across the city to afford to buy and afford tutoring of a musical instrument. Music has been proved to help children socially, build confidence, teaches discipline and helps them to express themselves. Most importantly learning to play a musical instrument gives children enjoyment and the opportunity of learning a new skill.

Salford Young Carers: A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 17 who carries out significant caring tasks and assumes a level of responsibility for another person which would normally be taken by an adult.

This service is for young people aged between 8 and 17 years. It offers advice, support, information, specialist support groups, activities and residential breaks. The service includes festivals, forums and a dedicated worker to support young carers as they become young adults.

Salford young carers service also runs the young adult carers service for those aged 16 to 24 to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood for long term carers. The service works with families and other providers in the city to reduce the impact of caring on young people.

"If possible we will stop the young carer from having to care. However, if we cannot do this we will ensure that the caring does not disadvantage the young person in their social and emotional development or their ability to achieve."

The Salfordian in Southport was built by Salford Council in 1963 to provide a refuge for residents and their carers, with 24 hour on call support. Today, the hotel is run by the Salfordian Trust and caters mainly for older Salford residents and less mobile visitors but they also welcome other guests. The Salfordian helps those people by giving them the opportunity for much needed respite and a chance to enjoy a popular holiday destination knowing that their care needs will always be catered for.

This page was last updated on 12 June 2014

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