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Swansea's Lord Mayor

Councillor Philip Downing and Mrs Lilian Downing.

Councillor Philip Downing and Mrs Lilian DowningPhilip was born in 1950 at 64 Glynhir Road in Pontarddulais, and was the second child of four to Harold and Myra Downing. 

He attended both Pontarddulais primary and secondary schools, and spent a year at Gorseinon College pursuing a pre apprenticeship course before starting a full apprenticeship as an electrician with Richard Thomas and Baldwin (RTB) and completing it with British Steel, while attending Gorseinon and Swansea colleges.

Philip and Lilian were neighbours, and married in 1972. They have two children Fiona and Leigh. They also have three grandchildren, Alys, Owain and Charlie. Both Lilian and the children are very supportive of everything Philip has done. 

After four years at Cwmfelin Press works, Philip started his own electrical business, followed by 5 years working in a foundry at Briton Ferry. 

He then went back into the steel industry at Coated Metals in Pontarddulais, which was sold to British Steel, then Corus, and finally before closure by TATA Steel. Philip was at the plant for 25 years, where he was shop steward, union safety rep and chair of the joint unions.

Philip was first elected to represent Pontarddulais in 1983 to the then Lliw Valley District Council and has served the town on and off since then. While on the District Council Philip was Chairman of the Licensing Committee, he was also elected in 1996 to the newly formed City and County of Swansea. He has held numerous posts within the council, and is proud to be Deputy Cabinet Member and Chairman of the Development Cabinet Advisory Committee. Philip also represents the people of Pontarddulais on the Town Council and was elected Town Mayor in 2010, and is very grateful for the support of both his family and constituents, and the many friends he has made over the years.

Lilian was born in Pontarddulais in 1952 and when she left school went to work in the offices of Teddington Bellows in the town. 

After their two children had grown up she took up a post in the then new comprehensive school. For the last 30 years Lilian has become well known as a pharmacy dispenser in the local chemists.

Lord Mayor's Charity Fund

Philip and Lilian have chosen to support Golau Cancer Foundation, The Poppy Appeal and Royal British Legion Swansea Branch and Vision Impaired West Glamorgan.

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