Politician quits after 20 years

PRIVILEGE: Mike Onyon and his wife Gwen who are leaving Preston for the Midlands
PRIVILEGE: Mike Onyon and his wife Gwen who are leaving Preston for the Midlands
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A councillor has resigned after 20 years serving the people of Preston - but has vowed not to turn his back on his beloved football team.

Mike Onyon, who represents the Cadley area of Fulwood, wants to spend more time with his family in the Midlands and will be moving south.

But the 62-year-old is keeping a firm grip on his Preston North End season ticket and hopes to return for as many games as possible.

However, his decision, taken before he was due to retire in 2012, means there will be a by-election, probably in September.

Today, school inspector Mike, who was also head of St Leonard’s CE Primary in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, said: “I’m very sad to be moving on. It’s been a privilege to represent the people of Cadley.

“I’ve not been able to get rid of my Preston season ticket so I will be travelling up from time to time.

“The thing I’ll look back on with the most fondness is that I made a close association with lots of people in Cadley and ideas they’ve had, we’ve been able to bring to fruition.

“I’ve always enjoyed life as a councillor. It’s a real opportunity to help people to get things done.”

Having sold their house in Manor Court, Fulwood, keen golfer Mike and wife Gwen, 60, who retired as headteacher at Witton Park High School in Blackburn last week, are now living in Grimsargh, near Preston.

They hope to move to Alvechurch, near Birmingham, in the next three weeks. Their son Richard, a hospital consultant, and solicitor daughter Sian already live in the area, along with two grandchildren.