A memorial event for Lord Corbett of Castle Vale will be held at Castle Pool from 6 – 7.30pm on Thursday 24th May at Castle Pool in Farnborough Road.
Carla Belle of the Neighbourhood Partnership is asking people to send in photographs or to contact her if they have any memories of Robin Corbett that they would like to share.
Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0121 748 8189
Lord Corbett died in February, aged 78. He served as Labour MP for Erdington for 18 years between 1983 and 2001, and was made Lord Corbett of Castle Vale in 2001.
He was chair of Castle Vale’s Neighbourhood Partnership Board until his death in February this year.
Lord Corbett often made use of his high profile position to champion Castle Vale. Here is one such example from 2004, taken from Hansard,the book which records all speeches made in the Houses of Lords and Commons:
Lord Corbett: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that Castle Vale School in Erdington, my former constituency in Birmingham, which a few years ago became a specialist performing arts college, is now one of the most successful schools among many successful schools in the City of Birmingham? That has been under the inspiring leadership of Mrs Janet Putman, who has been headteacher there for about 11 years and is now to retire. Will my noble friend join me in celebrating that success and agree that inspiring leadership and commitment among the management of any school, whatever is nailed to the front gate, is the key to success?
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