Cookstown UUP Councillor Sam Glasgow will retire next year when the new Mid-Ulster Super Council comes into place, but he is hoping that there will still be a ‘Glasgow’ representing the area.
Sam’s grandson Mark Glasgow is hoping to take up where his grandfather left off if he is elected to the new council.
Speaking to the MAIL, Sam reflected on his 40 years spent serving the Cookstown community and how he felt it was the right time to retire.
He said: “I feel it’s an opportune time to retire. I came in with the reorganisation of the council before in 1973 and I feel now with the new council coming in next year, the time was right.”
Councillor Glasgow said one of the highlights during his time as Chairman of Cookstown District Council was helping to bring Copelands Ltd to the area which brought with it 250 jobs at the time.
He said: “They were a German firm and it was in the middle of the troubles and the firm were looking to come to a place where there was little trouble. We were fortunate in Cookstown that we had very little trouble, thanks to the hard-working and industrious people in Cookstown.”
Sam added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the electorate for their support over the last 40 years and I hope they will give the same support to my grandson Mark.”
Mark,(22) is the son of Adrian and Julia Glasgow and the grandson of Sam and Eileen Glasgow. Mark was educated at Orritor Primary School before moving on to Cookstown High School.
Mark is currently working at Belfast International Airport with the company who operate the Air Ambulance Service on behalf of the Northern Ireland Health Board,
Speaking to the MAIL, Mark said: “I have always had an interest in politics and I thought it was the ideal time to try and have an input towards it. I want to make sure with the bigger boundary areas that no-one is left behind. I would like to see more local investment and if I am elected I want to be a full time councillor because it is going to take that to make sure everyone is represented. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I will give it my best.”