Trib­utes as Lally dies at 92

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FOR­MER Lord Provost and Labour group leader Pat Lally has died, aged 92.

His sons, Derek and Robert, paid tribute to the Gor­bals­born politi­cian, say­ing they were very proud of ev­ery­thing he achieved.

They said he was a pas­sion­ate Glaswe­gian and de­voted fam­ily man.

He over­saw the build­ing of the Royal Con­cert Hall.

PAT LALLY, a for­mer Labour leader in Glas­gow who also served as the city’s Lord Provost, has died.

The long-serv­ing politi­cian, who was nick­named Lazarus be­cause of his come­backs, was 92.

Be­fore lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the 1990s, he was leader of Glas­gow District Coun­cil, be­fore go­ing on to be the Lord Provost from 1996 to 1999.

Dur­ing his time in lo­cal gov­ern­ment in the city, Glas­gow hosted the 1988 Gar­den Fes­ti­val and built the Royal Con­cert Hall, which was dubbed by some as “Lally’s Palais”.

He also saw Glas­gow be­come the Euro­pean City of Cul­ture in 1990 and the City of Ar­chi­tec­ture al­most a decade later in 1999.

He was tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended from the Labour Party in 1997 af­ter be­com­ing em­broiled in a “votes-for-trips” scan­dal, but was later re­in­stated.

He left Labour – the party he joined in 1950 – in 2003, and ran un­suc­cess­fully for Holy­rood on three oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing a bid in 2007 as a can­di­date for the Scot­tish Se­nior Cit­i­zens Unity Party.

He was born in Glas­gow and brought up in the Gor­bals, work­ing ini­tially in the cloth­ing trade be­fore go­ing on to serve as a radar op­er­a­tor in the RAF dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

His friend and bi­og­ra­pher Neil Bax­ter said: “For nearly two decades Pat was Scot­land’s high­est-pro­file lo­cal politi­cian.

“He was widely cred­ited with trans­form­ing his city’s i mage through its in­spired pro­mo­tion un­der the cul­tural ban­ner. He was driven, de­ter­mined, in­spir­ing, charis­matic and rarely out of the news.

“He also had a sparkling sense of hu­mour and was not averse to court­ing con­tro­versy if he felt it was in the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Glas­gow.

“Pat bravely fought off a se­ries of per­sonal at­tacks, se­cure in the knowl­edge he had ded­i­cated his ca­reer to serv­ing the city he loved with vi­sion, pas­sion and in­tegrity.”

Mr Lally’s wife Peggy died in 2007. She had served along­side him dur­ing his provost­ship.

Mr Lally’s two sons Derek and Robert also paid tribute, say­ing: “We are very proud of all our dad achieved and of his con­tri­bu­tion to Glas­gow and Scot­land.

“A pas­sion­ate Glaswe­gian, he was also a ded­i­cated fam­ily man and a de­voted hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther.”

Pat Lally served as city leader and Lord Provost

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