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Mayor of Stockport

2. Biography of the Mayor and Mayoress

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Linda Holt was born on 30 September 1953 to parents George and Kathleen, in Norden, Rochdale, Lancashire. Linda has an older brother Tony, a retired guards officer. She also has one older sister Kathy, a retired deputy-head teacher and J.P.

Linda was educated in Rochdale. Her interest in music here resulted in her taking part in various operas from the age of 11. She also enjoyed sport, and was in the trampolining team for Lancashire schools.

On leaving school, she went to work for a high street bank where she remained for 33 years. She started as a junior at Rochdale South Parade branch, then manager of her own branch. Finally, she was a recruitment and assessment project manager. Her responsibilities were for the north of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Linda has worked as a freelance consultant for various blue chip companies in this field since 2005. She took early retirement from the bank on 30th September 2005, which was her birthday. On the same day, she married Ken in St. Michael’s Church Bramhall. Their marriage was part of a 3 part documentary on sky television “The Great British Wedding”

Some of Linda’s other TV appearances include “celebrity cash in the attic" and ‘come dine with me’

She also helped put Stockport on the national map on the TV programme ‘garden nightmares’. She was involved in the tricky process of re-homing marauding, destructive peacocks in her ward of Bramhall.

She took part in and contributed to the Radio 4 programme “down your street”. This was about Stockport with MARK steel, which was nominated for a comedy award.

In 1998, Linda was Deputy Mayoress of Stockport when Ken was Deputy Mayor. In 2003, Linda was the Mayoress when Ken was Mayor of Stockport.

When husband Ken retired as a Councillor after 25 years in 2008, Linda stood for election successfully in his place.

In 2014 Linda was Deputy Mayor of Stockport. In 2017 with a role reversal of 2003, she became Mayor of Stockport with husband Ken being consort.

Linda has been a board member of the Plaza theatre since 2005.

She is a firm supporter of animal welfare and has put forward a number of motions to the council on that subject. She has served on many committees on the council. She has been chair of the children and young people’s scrutiny committee.

Linda has chosen 3 Stockport charities for her year as Mayor. They are RSPCA Stockport, the Plaza theatre and ARC (agriculture and rural centre)

Linda says: ‘I look forward to my year of office and meeting even more of the residents and volunteer organisations of this wonderful Stockport borough.’