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Brian honoured for his decades of service to the people of Wigan Borough
Monday 28th January, 2013

Former councillor Brian Baldwin has been made an Honorary Alderman of Wigan Borough in recognition of his years of service to the area.

Rugby fanatic Brian, who retired from the council last year, served as an elected member for 32 years and held a host of senior positions throughout his long career in local politics. He represented the ward of Worsley Mesnes from May 1980 until his retirement in 2012.

Among his achievements was helping to set-up the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. He was awarded a CBE for his services to local government in 1999. His wife Angela is a long-standing council employee. The couple live in Poolstock.

Brian, 72, was made an Honorary Alderman at a meeting of Wigan Council earlier this month. The title is purely honorary and given in recognition of distinguished long service in public life. Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council says: “Brian has made an enormous contribution to Wigan Borough and I’m delighted we have been able to recognise him in this way.

“He was a diligent and committed ward councillor for more than 30 years and a leading figure within the council, serving on several committees and in the cabinet. He also represented Wigan Borough on many important national committees. As he enjoys his retirement, he can look back with pride at his time in local government and it is only right his impressive contribution is officially acknowledged.”

Stuart Murray, chief executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, says: “Brian was instrumental in the formation of the Trust in 2003. His foresight and dedication played a huge part in the establishment of one of the country's leading culture and leisure providers. It means people, not only in Wigan, but also in Selby, Yorkshire and Cannock Chase, Staffordshire benefit from an organisation committed - not to shareholders- but to re-investing and improving leisure and cultural facilities and services for the benefit of society.”


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