Eleven new Aldermen created by Lancashire County Council

Top civic honours have been given to 11 former councillors, who have given 260 years' service between them
Top civic honours have been given to 11 former councillors, who have given 260 years' service between them

Top civic honours have been given to 11 former councillors, who have given 260 years’ service between them.

The ex-county councillors have been recognised for their contribution to life in Lancashire by being honoured as Aldermen.

The honour has been awarded to four former councillors who represented central Lancashire: Pat Case, Margaret Livesey, Tom Sharratt and Keith Young. Pat Case CBE served on the council for 32 years between 1977 and 1997 and 2001 to 2013.

She represented Chorley Rural East Division. She is also a former deputy leader of Chorley Council and a former Mayor.

Former Chorley Rural North councillor Margaret Livesey served on the county council for 16 years.

Tom Sharratt represented South Ribble Rural East for 32 years from 1981 to 2013, he was also a South Ribble Councillor. The ex-Guardian reporter began writing the Idle Toad – which was distributed to homes in Walton-le-Dale and Bamber Bridge – in 1997. He was deselected by Labour in 1997 and stood as an Idle Toad.

And Keith Young who represented South Ribble Rural West served on the council for 20 years. Other councillors recognised are: Jean Battle, Chris Cheetham, Shelagh Derwent, Hazel Harding CBE, Chris Holtom, Geoff Roper and Dorothy Westell.