Since retiring from my role as MD of Princes Foods in 1999 I have had several consultancy jobs and other part time employment. I am chairman of Upton Athletic Association Football Club (AAFC), who have two teams playing in the West Cheshire League, and I have been involved with the club for 33 years.
I joined Chester Lions Club in 2000 as I liked the idea of putting something back into our community. It has given me the opportunity, along with help from my wife Carol, to widen our friendships and social life.
As this year’s president I have set myself three objectives: to raise lots of money to help as many needy causes as possible; to increase our membership from its current level of 23 and to have lots of fun!
After six months in office I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and am hopefully achieving my objectives.
I became president on Sunday, June 29 2014 when I presented Lion Emlyn Evans with his 35 years service award. Since then I have presented a cheque to Cestrian Scouts to cover the costs of some much needed furniture, presented Lions Alan Webb and Ron Cain with their 45-year service awards (wow some achievement), had an extremely enjoyable afternoon at the Groves with entertainment from Lions Youth Band and attended a metal detecting day at Barrowmore Estate to raise funds for a much-needed quad bike.
In August, Carol and I were in Colchester for our son’s wedding to Charlie, ably assisted by our two grandsons Barney and Manni.
In September we had a fabulous night at Eaton Hall presenting A Musical Extravaganza, the best we have ever held.
In October we attended the 25th anniversary of The Hospice of the Good Shepherd at Chester Cathedral and the official opening of Chester Vision Centre at the Bluecoat School building in Northgate Street.
We all then took a deep breath as we prepared for our biggest night of the year, the fireworks at the Roodee on Saturday November 8, and what a night it was. From all the feedback we have received it was the best ever with over 12,000 people enjoying a fabulous evening.
A big thank you to all those who supported and assisted with this event but special thanks must go to MBNA for all their support and help.
Now we are all working hard planning Chester’s Best, an amateur talent competition which will run from January to May.
We are always looking for new members who may have a few hours per month to help those in the community.
I have a special pin badge that I wear all the time and a chain of office when on official duty.
What is the favourite part of your role?
Meeting new people and having the opportunity to do different things
What is the least favourite part of your role?
Wearing a tie!
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
Travelling the world.
How do you relax when you are not working?
Football, travel and holidays abroad, television and just a little gardening!
What is your favourite film?
The Great Escape.
What is your favourite book?
Any book on travel.
What is your favourite song?
Wind Beneath My Wings.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you?
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?
No and I don’t expect to!
● Name: Peter Upton
● Job: President of Chester Lions Club
● Born: Brighton
● Lives: Upton, Chester
● Education: Varndean Grammar School for Boys, Brighton
● Family: Married to Carol for nearly 48 years, two sons, Simon and Russell, and a daughter, Becci. Two grandsons, two step grandsons