New orbit for local space enthusiast as he joins the council

Coun Karl Kirkup
Coun Karl Kirkup

A new orbit has opened up for space enthusiast and Longridge resident Karl Kirkup.

The 47-year-old made the down-to-earth decision to become a town councillor and was co-opted after being interviewed by councillors at their June 4 meeting.

With encouragement from friend and town councillor Stuart Carefoot, Karl had applied for the one remaining vacancy on the council and now stands as an independent.

Describing himself as ‘a local lad’ he was born and raised in Goosnargh, he attended Goosnargh Oliverson’s Primary School and recalls the grounds of Whittingham Hospital as ‘my local playground.’

He has worked variously as a time-served mechanic, an MOT inspector and as a maintenance co-ordinator formerly at Alston View Nursing Home and now for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

He has been married for 25 years to Debbie, who is the business development director for Age UK Lancashire, and their 14-year-old son Thomas attends Longridge High School and, as as an air cadet with the Longridge squadron, marched with them in Saturday’s Field Day procession.

Karl’s interests of cycling, fell walking and windsurfing are topped by a long-held and keen enthusiasm for the space missions at the USA’s Kennedy space centre.

He has visited the centre and is the proud owner of many mission souvenirs.