Biography of the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Alan Lewis Clague

Councillor Alan Lewis Clague was born in 1938 on the Isle of Man, where he spent his childhood. He joined the army in 1956 and served for nine years, being stationed in Cyprus, Singapore, Malaya and Thailand, accompanied for much of the time by his wife Margaret and son Billy. He has two grandchildren, Rachel, a teacher in Salford, and Michael, an ardent Manchester United fan.

On return from his military duties, Alan settled in Salford. He has worked as a HGV driver and MOT driving instructor. He worked at Regent Tyres in Patricroft as an examiner, he was also the works' convenor for the GMB Trade Union and finally retired from Eccles TUS where he worked as a benefits advisor. Alan's second wife Margaret was sister-in-charge of the Special Care Baby Unit at Hope Hospital (now known as Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust). Their daughter Katie works in computer games design.

Alan has many interests and hobbies. A keen boater on the Bridgewater Canal for many years led to his involvement with the Canal Society. He has been a member of a male voice choir and played with a number of brass bands, including the Swinton and Pendlebury Borough Band, The Eccles Borough Band, Salford Silver Band, Boothstown Band and Irlam Band.

Alan has been a serving councillor since being elected for the Weaste and Seedley ward in 1995 and now continues to serve the local community in Ordsall.

Alan succeeds councillor Bernard James Lea as Ceremonial Mayor 2013 to 2014, who held office for 2012 to 2013.

Alan is looking forward to his Ceremonial Mayoral year in office where he will be assisted by his wife Margaret, who will be his mayoress.

The Ceremonial Mayor has chosen to support the following two charities during his term in office:

Salford Young Carers Service

Run by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, this service is for young people aged between eight and seventeen years. It offers advice, support, information, specialist support groups, activites and residential breaks. The service includes festivals, forums and a dedicated worker to support young carers as they become young adult carers.

The Salfordian

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 18 June 2013

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