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Local legend’s musical legacy

Posted on June 28 2015 at 3:25:16

Mark, Doug, Emma

Local legend and business entrepreneur Douglas Clark has used proceeds from his recent book to benefit children at his former school.

Doug, who released his official biography, Belt and Braces, in 2013, made a special visit to Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School to present a £12,000 donation.

The book chronicles his life from humble beginnings to business success, running eleven motor dealerships with a £60 million turnover. At the time of his retirement in 2002 he employed more than 450 people locally.

However, Doug never forgot his roots in Chaddesley Corbett and wanted his book to have a purpose. With music being a great personal passion he pledged the proceeds from the first 1,000 books to the school’s music department.

He presented his cheque to head teacher Emma James at a special morning assembly attended by children, staff, parents and local dignitaries.

Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, made a short speech of thanks, saying: “This is a generous act of kindness by a man who remembers where he came from. There are not enough people like Doug Clark.”

Emma James adds: “We feel very privileged to benefit from Doug’s donation and are delighted that we can improve the quality of our music provision.

“For some children music is a way to excel and it helps build self-esteem. Our budget for the year was £200 so you can imagine what a huge injection this will be for music resources.”

Copies of Doug’s book can be bought in Chaddesley Corbett village from the Fox Inn and the flower shop on the High Street.

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Above: Mark Garnier, Doug Clark, Emma James.

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