Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Peter Lowe

Mayor of Bolton: 1956-57 (Labour)

Born: Gladstone Street, Halliwell, Bolton 14 March 1904

Died: Hamel Street, Great Lever, Bolton 11 March 1986

Educated: Brandwood Street School; Sunning Hill School; Bolton Church Institute

He began his career as a junior clerk with Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co, before working in the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office at Horwich Loco Works.

He joined the Labour Party in 1926.

He was Branch Chairman of the TUC and Secretary of the Railway Clerks Association at Horwich for 20 years.

In the Second World War he joined the army and rose through the ranks to become a Captain in the 6th Bn The Loyal Regiment.

In 1947 he left the railway industry and went into business as a grocer at 167 Hamel Street, Higher Swan Lane.

Represented Bradford Ward 1934-74.

He became an Alderman in 1945 and was made an Honorary Alderman in 1974.

Magistrate 1957-74.

He was Leader of the Labour Group on Bolton Council 1953-54 and Chief Whip.

He was Chairman of the Finance and Electricity Committees. He was Vice Chairman of the Waterworks Committee and sat on the Cleaning and Sewage, Libraries, Education and Health Committees.

As Mayor he presided over the opening of Bolton Lads Club by the Duke of Gloucester in February 1957.

His daughter, Patricia Beryl Lowe, was Mayoress.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of Peter Lowe as Mayor of Bolton.

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Click for larger image Peter Lowe as Mayor of Bolton and the Mayoress, Patricia Beryl Lowe with Reuben Greenhalgh, Chairman of Westhoughton UDC and his wife c. 1956.

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Peter LoweClick for larger image

The names of the Mayors of Bolton from 1941 to 1974 are recorded on the reverse of the County Borough badge

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