Quarter of a century of service honoured

Town Hall boss Barrie Grunewald with Leon McGuire
Town Hall boss Barrie Grunewald with Leon McGuire
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One of St Helens’ longest-serving ex-councillors, who gave more than 25 years service to the borough, has been made an honorary alderman.

Leon McGuire, 83, represented the Earlestown ward before retiring in 2012.

His dedication to the community was honoured at a special council meeting held at the annual mayor making ceremony last week.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said the award was “richly deserved”, adding: “Leon McGuire has always worked hard to represent vulnerable people.

“He is a man of great dignity and compassion.”

Mr McGuire was born in India where he father was serving in the forces and lived in the country for the first ten years of his life before his family moved to Edinburgh.

After school, he started working on the railways aged 14 before joining the Royal Artillery Boys Battery and was in the forces for 27 years.

He rose quickly through the ranks, eventually becoming a sergeant major.

He left the forces and settled down in Newton-le-Willows, the hometown of his wife, Margaret, who he married in 1955 and with whom he has four sons.

He was first elected to St Helens Council in 1987.