Former mayor set to receive civic honour

Long service: Albert Richardson, right, with Coun Sam Gardiner at the Preston 2012 Guild Court procession to the Guild Hall
Long service: Albert Richardson, right, with Coun Sam Gardiner at the Preston 2012 Guild Court procession to the Guild Hall
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A long-serving councillor and two-time mayor is to be made an Honorary Alderman of Preston.

Albert Richardson, who served on the city council for 35 years, is to receive the honour at a special ceremony this month.

The 78-year-old, who represented St Matthew’s ward, described the news as “fantastic”.

The former Labour councillor will be joined by his family and civic dignitaries at the Town Hall, to receive the honour.

He said: “It was fantastic when I heard. I am pleased, and my family all like the idea.”

Mr Richardson was mayor in 1990 to 1991, and 2010 to 2011.

He said: “I was mayor twice so that’s not bad, is it?

“I would like to think it was the people who wanted me to do it twice, so I did it and I enjoyed both times.”
He said he enjoyed his years serving on the council, and said: “It taught me a lot about how the city runs because of the elected representatives who, at the end of the day, make sure the wheels do keep turning.

“It’s great and I liked it, and I like to think I did a little bit.

“In the first years I was chairman of the environmental health committee which covers everything, practically.”

Mayor of Preston, Coun Nick Pomfret, described Mr Richardson as “well liked” by the people of Preston and said: “Albert Richardson is a great man and he thoroughly deserves the award of Honorary Alderman for the work and commitment he has given to Preston.

“He was mayor twice - first in 1990-1991 and again in 2010-2011 - this is an indication as to how well liked he was by all his colleagues and the people of Preston.

“Albert’s time at the council stretches back as far as May 1978 as he served the people of Preston for over 35 years.

“It is therefore a great honour for me to be presenting Albert with this fitting award.”