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Council press chief retires after almost four decades with authority

Alastair RaeThe head of a local council’s press office has retired after nearly four decades with the authority.

Alastair Rae, left, spent 38 years with Hartlepool Borough Council, working his way up from an 18-year-old trainee in its leisure and amenities department to running its media team, the role which he held on ending his career.

Initially appointed a press and public relations officer in October 1988, he spent 29 years with the department.

Mr Rae, 56, had previously been appointed the council’s first tourism officer in 1985.

He told the Hartlepool Mail: “It’s been an absolute privilege to serve my local council for the last 38 years and I leave with many fond memories.

“During my career there have been many exciting developments in Hartlepool and I think I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to play a part in the positive progression of the town.

“I’ve worked with many wonderful people – both within and outside of the council – and wouldn’t have swapped it for anything.

“I am now looking forward to relaxing a bit more and spending more time with my family.”

Gill Alexander, the authority’s chief executive, said: “Alastair is highly respected throughout the organisation and he can be very proud of his achievements during his long council career.

“He was a very loyal and hard-working officer of the council and we all wish him the very best in his retirement.”