Shelagh becomes Honourary Alderman of Lancs

Shelagh Derwent

Shelagh Derwent

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A former Pendle woman who served as a Lancashire county councillor for almost a quarter of a century had her contribution to life in Lancashire marked yesterday by being honoured as an alderman.

Shelagh Derwent was one of 11 former councillors, who have given 260 years’ service between them, to be considered for the accolade at a special meeting of the full council in Preston.

County Coun. Kevin Ellard, chairman of Lancashire County Council, said: “Being made an Honorary Alderman of Lancashire is a fitting way to mark what these men and women have done for Lancashire and the county council over many years.

“Those put forward have all shown a tremendous amount of dedication, loyalty and commitment to the thousands of people they served while in office.”

The title of Honorary Alderman is awarded to former county councillors who, in the opinion of the council, made a significant contribution to Lancashire during their time in office.

Mrs Derwent also served for many years as a Conservative member of Pendle Council for the Blacko and Higherford ward until standing down last year.