The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Bill Clarke, is very proud to be nominated to the role of first citizen of the borough.
Born and raised in Manchester, Bill began his political career serving Trafford Council for nine years, when he was elected in 1986. In that time, he became chair of the planning committee and the Urmston area board. Bill also represented Trafford on the AGMA grants committee.
Moving to Ashton in 2007 after re-marrying, Bill’s political and community work continued and he was elected to Wigan Council in 2012, representing the Ashton ward.
Bill became the President of The Rotary Club in 2011 and helped to raise money for local charities and played Santa Claus every December, something he really enjoyed.
Bill married Joan in 2008, after meeting at a conference. Joan started her working life in the NHS, progressing to senior ward sister before moving into occupational health. Joan has lived in Ashton for many years and sings with a barbershop group, winning medals after competing in competitions as far as America.
Bill has two children, Kay and William and was educated at St. Kentigern’s Primary School and St. Bede’s, both in Manchester. He was a keen sportsman, representing the schools in football, cricket and athletics.
On leaving school, despite having a long-time interest in politics, Bill began working for a printing company, before moving on after a couple of years to join a large retail outlet. Bill became Area Manager and Divisional Manager, but after working with the company for 24 years, he left to become a Contract Manager with a retail and design company. Bill retired and has been a full time councillor since.
Bill supports Manchester City football team and likes to listen to music, particularly Jazz and has visited New Orleans with his wife, Joan, on several occasions.
He also enjoys researching his family tree and has traced it as far back as 1640 in his own family and 1590 in Joan’s.