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Sir George Chester OGDEN, CBE, DL, LLB, M.A. (1913-1983)
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Author:  shattonblade [ Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:04 am ]
Post subject:  Sir George Chester OGDEN, CBE, DL, LLB, M.A. (1913-1983)

Extract from the Manchester Guardian 20.01.1966
Mr George Chester Ogden, Town Clerk of Leicester, is to be the next Town Clerk of Manchester. Mr Ogden who is 52, was selected yesterday by Manchester Town Hall Committee from a short list of six. The appointment - which still requires the formal approval of the City Council - carries a starting salary of £7,810, rising by four instalments to £8,450. Mr Ogden will succeed Sir Philip Dingle who retires after being Town Clerk for 22 years.
After his selection, Mr Ogden said " To anyone born in Lancashire, Manchester is a magic word. This is a great challenge to me and I am delighted to have the opportunity of showing if I can measure up to it".

Mr Ogden a Solicitor, was born in Burnley, where his Grandfather, Councillor J.H.Heap was Mayor. His father was an Alderman, and his Mother a member of the Education Committee.

Educated at Burnley Grammar School and Giggleswick School. he went to Oxford and entered Local Government in 1940.

Extract from the Manchester Evening News 27th Jan 1966
His wife Nina was born in Manchester's twin City - Leningrad. She returned to this country with her English parents at the age of four and has never been back. Mrs Ogden has never lived in Lancashire but went to the County for the birth of two of her children "so that they would be Lancastrians".

Extract from the Manchester Evening News May 13th 1983
Sir George Ogden who guided the Greater Manchester Council through it's formative years, has died at his home in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire aged 69.
Mr GMC as he was called took over as supremo at County Hall in 1974 and drew on long years of Town Hall experience to help the Authority through it's early days.
He retired in 1976 after three years as Chief Executive.
He was made a CBE in 1966 and was knighted in 1973
Sir William Downward, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester said Sir George was "one of the most outstanding figures on Local Government at a time when great changes were taking place". He added "We in Greater Manchester and the City, were blessed that we had Sir George working on our behalf for so long".

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