Reception to mark 50 years as Dundee councillor

A civic reception is to be held at the city chambers in Dundee to mark Strathmartine councillor Ian Borthwick’s 50 years in local government politics.

The achievement is to be celebrated with his fellow elected members and other senior local dignitaries, along with his family and friends at the reception, hosted by Lord Provost Bob Duncan.

On June 21, politicians from all sides of the political spectrum will gather to offer their congratulations to Dundee’s most senior politician on reaching the landmark 50th anniversary.

Now 74, Ian first started out on his political career in 1963 when he was elected to the Dudhope ward, serving for just a year before transferring to Ward 7, covering Downfield, Kirkton and part of St Mary’s.

There, Ian’s ward colleague and mentor was Maurice McManus, who went on to become one of Dundee’s best-known Lord Provosts and who, he admits, was a great source of inspiration to him.

He has since served the same area for 49 years, witnessing huge changes within the city, periods of upheaval, personal turmoil, controversy, corruption and, hopefully now, a greatly-improved image for the city.

He said: “I consider it a privilege that I have been able to do that and retain the confidence of the people for so long.

“But I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife Linda, who stood by me right through it all, with a young family.”