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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Stockport

Cllr. Chris Gordon was born at Stepping Hill hospital and has lived his entire
life in Stockport, firstly in Cheadle and for the last 36 years in Bredbury, with the exception of a short period in Bangor, North Wales, as an undergraduate.

Chris returned to Manchester to work at the University of Manchester for his Master’s in Medicine and then at the Manchester Royal Infirmary for his Doctorate. He has spent his whole working life at the MRI and the University as a medical researcher working on, amongst other topics, Cystic Fibrosis, Recurrent Kidney Stones, and Transplantation, but mainly on his career speciality, Diabetes and Endocrinology.

He took early retirement as Head of the Clinical Research Unit at 1997, but still keeps an academic interest in the field as a Chartered Biologist. In 1999 he was elected to serve as a Liberal Democrat councillor for the residents of Bredbury and Woodley, whom he has represented for 17 years.

Chris has been involved in the voluntary sector in Stockport since his senior school days, and spent 21 years as a Samaritan volunteer and 10 years as speaker’s secretary for the charity. He is also parish secretary for his church, St. Barnabas’, in Bredbury, Chair of Governors of Arden Primary school and chairs the Stockport Disability Forum. He is a trained counsellor and chaired a free counselling service run from his church.

Chris’ passion in life is rollercoasters, and he is a member of both the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain and the European Coaster Club. His other main interests are sailing, reading urban fantasy novels and English history. He is a member of the Richard III society and was privileged to be in Leicester for the King’s interment ceremonies last year. He loves all genres of music, from early classical to his favourite Goth metal bands. Chris played folk/blues guitar for 50 years and performed many one man shows for former Mayor’s charities. Chris and his wife Margaret are both enthusiastic amateur runners for the Cancer Research UK charity.

The Mayoress, Dr Margaret Gordon, hails originally from Leeds, the daughter of Polish parents, and came to Manchester for her undergraduate studies and never left. She had a successful career, firstly in St Mary’s Hospital transplant services and then as a postdoctoral researcher in Endocrinology and Genetics at Hope Hospital, Salford and Manchester University before moving into further education, recently retiring as Head of Applied Sciences at Oldham Sixth Form College.

Margaret spent some years as a Magistrate in Stockport. She also is passionate about music and has sung with many local choirs. Margaret plays keyboards and clarinet and now looks after the music ministry at their church.

Chris and Margaret have twin sons, both of whom are carrying out post-doctoral research, one in Medieval History at the University of Manchester and the other in Behavioural Economics at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


Stockport,is a large town in Greater Manchester, England, 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Manchester city centre, where the River Goyt and Tame merge to create the River Mersey. The town is the largest settlement in the metropolitan borough of the same name.

Historically, most of the town was in Cheshire, but the area to the north of the Mersey was in Lancashire. Stockport in the 16th century was a small town entirely on the south bank of the Mersey, and known for the cultivation of hemp and manufacture of rope. In the 18th century the town had one of the first mechanised silk factories in the British Isles. However, Stockport's predominant industries of the 19th century were the cotton and allied industries. Stockport was also at the centre of the country's hatting industry, which by 1884 was exporting more than six million hats a year; the last hat works in Stockport closed in 1997.

Dominating the western approaches to the town is the Stockport Viaduct. Built in 1840, the viaduct's 27 brick arches carry the mainline railways from Manchester to Birmingham and London over the River Mersey. This structure featured as the background in many paintings by L. S. Lowry.

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