The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport for 2013/14 are Councillor Chris Murphy and Mrs Dot Murphy
I was born 25 August 1950 in Brinksway, Stockport. I moved to Brinnington in 1952 and was educated at Brindale Primary School. After passing the 11 Plus exam I went to Stockport School Mile End. I left school in 1966 and started work at Fairey Engineering. Whilst doing my apprenticeship I also attended Stockport College.
I served my apprenticeship and qualified as a Centre Lathe Turner working on nuclear power and military items. I became an inspector and I worked at Faireys until 1979. I then worked at Regent Tyres for six months before starting work as a postman at Exchange Street in Stockport. I was a postman, driver, and postman higher grade before starting work on the post office counter in Merseyway in 1986. I left the Post Office in 2005 and began my current employment with Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP where I promote their services to trade unions.
During all my working life I have been a trade unionist and I was a shop steward at Fairey Engineering. At the Post Office in 1988 I became a full time representative for the Communication Workers Union. I held several positions from local level, district level, regional level and national level. I served on the National Executive Council for 5 years and became a National Honorary Member in 2007. I am still a member of the CWU.
My hobbies are golfing, music and travel. I am a member of the RSPB and Greenpeace. I also support Stockport County. I have two daughters and one son. I also have six grandchildren.
I married Dot on 11 November 2011 (11.11.11, no excuse for forgetting our anniversary) in Las Vegas. Dot was also born in Stockport in 1951. Dot retired from British Telecom in 2011. Her main interests are football, travel and shopping. Dot has a son who is currently living in Denmark.
We are both proud to have this honour.