Richard Warren


Bollington's Cycling Mayor

Richard 'Dick' Warren was a Bollingtonian through and through and devoted his life to the town and as a Town Councillor from 1972. He was Mayor in 1992/93.

He was born 8th May 1915 in a cottage in Nancy View. After a very full life serving his country and his community he died on 22nd August 2009. In 1952 he married his wife, Alice who survives him, and they brought up two sons, Richard and Alistair. He and Alice lived on Bollington Road, Bollington Cross.

His working life was spent at Oak Bank Mill, a cloth printing mill at the bottom of Shrigley Road, now demolished and replaced by Hamson Drive. He became a Shop Steward there, supporting his fellow workers.

During WWII he spent time defending the George Cross island of Malta as a member of an anti-aircraft unit.

Dick supported the Bollington community in many ways in addition to being a councillor. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Committee, he was a keen supporter of the Bridgend Centre (the Drop-in Centre as it was then). He was a governor of Dean Valley Community Primary School and keen crown green bowler playing for Bollington Bowling Club.

Dick was very proud of his contribution to Bollington and this pride is rightly shared by his family. He very much enjoyed his work in the community. The bicycle was always Dick's first choice of transport and being seen all around town riding it inevitably earned him the monica of 'the cycling mayor'!

A funeral service was held on 2nd September 2009 at Macclesfield Crematorium, followed by a funeral reception at Hollin Hall Hotel, Kerridge.

Dick's wife, Alice Atherton Warren, died at Macclesfield District General Hospital on 1st June 2016, aged 91 years. A funeral service was held on 22nd June 2016 at Macclesfield Crematorium.