New Mayor for St Helens
Councillor Geoffrey Pearl has been sworn in as the new Mayor of St Helens for 2014-15.
Born in Liverpool, Councillor Pearl grew up in the Mossley Hill area of the city. He attended Liverpool Hebrew School, going on to the King David High School and leaving at the age of 15 to take up an apprenticeship.
He attended Liverpool College of Art & Craft in Colquitt Street and, at the end of his apprenticeship, went on to work in a pub in the centre of Liverpool and then a carpet shop.
Councillor Pearl met Carol, his wife, in 1968. They were married in 1969 and went on to have two children - David and Sarah. They now have six grandchildren.
Councillor Pearl has run his own business for 25 years and, although he is now retired, still keeps very busy! He is a black belt in ju-jitsu and, together with Carol, still runs two classes a week in Eccleston, for both adults and younger students
His interest in politics began while he was still at school. It was an interest he was to maintain over the years – culminating in his election to St Helens Council in 1996 as a ward councillor for Eccleston.
Looking forward to his year in office, Councillor Pearl said: “St Helens is full of fantastic, hard-working, caring people and organisations. Meeting as many of them possible over the next 12 months is something I regard as a privilege and an honour. As Mayor I will be doing my best to highlight their efforts and help them achieve the recognition they deserve.”
Both Councillor Pearl and Carol are also long-standing and valued members of Eccleston Parish Council, with both serving as Chairman in recent years.
Councillor Pearl’s Mayoral charity for the coming year will be the Autistic and Asperger’s Society.