Councillor Ian Duckworth
The Mayor of Rochdale 2017-2018
Ian was born and brought up in Rochdale. He attended Lowerplace Primary School and Kingsway High School. He became a time served painter and decorator and later trained as a barber.
Tiring of ladders and haircuts he fulfilled a lifelong ambition and joined the army, serving in the Royal Corps of Signals. He completed a 5 year tour of duty in the British Army of the Rhine, meeting his future wife Christine whilst on leave. They married in 1979 and she accompanied Ian on his travel from that time forward. In 1982 they were posted to the permanent staff of the Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst for 3 years, during which time their 2 daughters Elizabeth and Catherine were born. On promotion to sergeant in 1986 Ian was transferred to Lisburn for a two and a half year tour of Northern Ireland. Retiring from the army in 1988 Ian returned to Rochdale working in warehousing and logistics, finishing his career as a manager at Littlewoods National Distribution Centre. In 1992, Ian, encouraged by old family friend Arnold Bagnall, stood for election in Balderstone, and to everyone’s amazement, including his own, he won! He served this ward for a total of 8 years, transferring to Bamford ward in 2004 due to boundary changes. He has represented this ward for the past 9 years and continues to do so today. Ian has also been a member of Transport for Greater Manchester for many years. In 1997 Christine gave birth to their son Richard who is currently studying at university.
Ian has just taken up watercolours, describing himself as an accidental exponent of the ‘naïve’ school of painting.
He is delighted and honoured to have been selected to be Mayor for the next 12 months.
Mayoress of Rochdale - Mrs Christine Duckworth
Christine was born in Oldham and later moved to Royton. She attended Blue Coats secondary school and on leaving she trained as a teacher at Bishop Lonsdale College in Derby.
She met Ian when he was on leave from the army and when they married she joined him in Germany, gaining a teaching position at a primary school for British services families at Enger, near Herford.Christine and the two girls also joined Ian in Northern Ireland living in married quarters in Lisburn for 18 months, before returning to England prior to Ian leaving the army a year later. Christine resumed her teaching career in Rochdale at Queensway Primary School, then Howard Street Nursery and finally Saint Mary’s C of E Primary School, Balderstone, retiring as headteacher 24 years later.
Christine now enjoys travelling, walking, swimming, gardening and has recently
project managed and renovated their daughter’s house.