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Former Lord Mayor of Leicester Phil Swift dies, age 74

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Friends and colleagues have praised the life and work of a former Lord Mayor of Leicester, who has died at the age of 74. Phil Swift was a member of Leicester City Council for 20 years, representing the Castle ward a Labour councillor from 1983 to 2003. He was Lord Mayor of Leicester in the 1999 to 2000. Born in the Belgian Congo to missionary parents, Mr Swift was raised in Wales and Scotland before moving to Leicester to join an uncle in the mid-1960s. A qualified bricklayer, he worked in a variety of trades, acting as a union official and health and safety representative before his election to the council. During his year of civic office, Mr Swift raised over £100,000 for the Leicester Children's Holiday Home. He also hosted civic receptions at the Town Hall for the successful Leicester City and Leicester Tigers teams. Former Councillor Colin Hall, a close friend of Mr Swift, described him as "a passionate campaigner for social justice who gave exceptional service to his local community". Mr Swift died at Glenfield Hospital on April 11 after a short illness. His funeral will take place at Gilroes Crematorium, Leicester at 1pm on Tuesday, April 30. His family have requested donations to be sent to Leicester Children's Holiday Home in his memory.

Former Lord Mayor of Leicester Phil Swift dies, age 74


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