Mayor awards dedicated man coat of arms

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A 94-year-old man who had the history of his life turned into a book has been presented with Calderdale’s Coat of Arms badge by the Mayor.

Alan Brearley, from Halifax, was given the award by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Lisa Lambert for his commitment to Calderdale, textiles, research and technical education after his exploits were documented in his recently published autobiography.

Alan Brearley from Halifax who was approached by a student at Crossley Heath School, Havishma Sreedharala, aged fifteen, to be the subject of her DofE project. She set herself the formidable task of writing an autobiography of Alan�"s life which has been compiled into a small book.

Alan Brearley from Halifax who was approached by a student at Crossley Heath School, Havishma Sreedharala, aged fifteen, to be the subject of her DofE project. She set herself the formidable task of writing an autobiography of Alan�"s life which has been compiled into a small book.

The book, produced by Crossley Heath student Havishma Sreedharala as part of her Duke of Edinburgh project, details some of the major events in Alan’s life.

Alan Brearley, a former student and member of staff at Calderdale College, said: “I am touched that the Mayor of Calderdale took time out of her busy schedule to visit me at Anchor Trinity Fold Care Home in Halifax.

“We had a lovely afternoon and had plenty to talk about; including my upbringing, education and working life.

“I am extremely proud to have attended three great schools: a former student at Salterhebble Primary School, Heath Grammar School and Halifax Technical College, now Calderdale College, and achieved my many technical qualifications and worked in such a lovely part of the country.”

During their visit the Mayor and her consort were given a tour around the Halifax care home by the general manager, Angela Harding.

They witnessed various activities and a typical day in the care home.

Alan, who has been a member of Halifax Probus Club for 35 years, added: “I was pleased to welcome Calderdale’s foremost citizen because I am proud of this town.

“I was born and raised in Halifax and have spent all my life in this town, so it was a great honour to receive the Calderdale’s Coat of Arms badge and I shall wear it with pride.”