Biography of the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Peter Dobbs

Councillor Peter Dobbs was born in May 1956 in Prestwich where he spent his early childhood attending Park View and Butterstile Lane Primary School. At the age of eight he moved to Morecambe with his parents and brother John and attended Heysham High School and the Lancaster and Morecambe College of Further Education. He has always enjoyed music and singing and during his time in Morecambe he joined the local church choir becoming head chorister and 'Choir Boy of the Year' in 1969.

Councillor Peter Dobbs returned to Salford in 1978 to start his career in television at the BBC on Oxford Road as a Casting Assistant, that same year he went on secondment to the BBC in London to train in all aspects of costume design. In January 1980 Peter was offered employment with Granada Television and worked on many iconic productions such as Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown and of course Coronation Street.

Councillor Peter Dobbs became Lord Laurence Olivier's personal dresser on a number of dramas and during his career became close friends with Colin Firth, Peter Barkworth and Julie Goodyear. Julie quoted in her autobiography 'Just Julie' that Peter 'Was an absolutely brilliant costume designer. He was so creative, so obliging and a genuinely nice person'. Councillor Peter Dobbs was inspired by politics through the influence of his grandmother who was a prominent local suffragette and a true Salfordian.

Councillor Peter Dobbs met his partner Alan Davis, a production set designer in films and TV in 1977 and became civil partners in March 2006, they have now been together for 38 years.

Councillor Peter Dobbs is looking forward to his ceremonial year in office where he will be assisted by both civil partner Alan and lifelong friend Claire McCourt. He is proud and honoured to be a Housing Trustee and Distributor with Booths Charities, a charity which has given so much to the citizens of Salford since the 17th century.

He also enjoys being a school governor at Primrose Hill and St.Philips C of E primary schools in Ordsall - being mindful that our children are our future.

The Ceremonial Mayor has chosen to support the following charities:

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 proven 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 Lads and Girls Club
Salford Lads and Girls Club was established in 1903 as a purpose built club for working lads. The club has continued to provide this facility for more than 100 years and is now considered to be the 'finest example of a pre First World War club surviving and operating today'.

The club nowadays is open to boys and girls and is led by volunteers with part-time staff currently funded by the BBC Children in need (2013 to 2016). The club engage and work with young people aged 13 to 25, black and ethnic minorities, adult offenders and ex-offenders and their families, children aged under 13 years, looked after children.

All these young people are able to access a range of activities including: football, boxing, netball, kickboxing, pool, snooker, IT, table tennis, dance and cooking, outdoor pursuits and camping, arts culture and leisure, economic well-being, social and community care services.

Salford Loaves and Fishes
Salford Loaves and Fishes works in collaboration with Manchester City Mission to provide the Windsor Drop-In Centre which opened in January 2007. The drop-in centre offers day time shelter to the homeless, vulnerable and isolated from Salford and the surrounding community.

As well as providing a warm meal and shower facilities, the drop-in centre offers a wide range of services to the homeless including a doctor's surgery, dentistry, laundry facilities and a chance to buy good quality second hand clothes.

The clients are also able to access mental health services and drug and alcohol support. The centre gives advice on benefits, housing, make referrals for street homeless and help with dependency issues. There is a Citizens Advice Bureau which  offers a weekly surgery and gives advice on a one-to-one basis. Clients can engage in activities including football, arts and crafts, cooking and reading or they can relax or play pool. There is also a garden where clients can grow their own produce.

The centre supports up to 60 people a day and their aim is to help the homeless and vulnerable to get back on their feet, raise their aspirations and help them to achieve positive and healthy lifestyles.

This page was last updated on 22 May 2015

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