Pendle Council honours long-serving four

Four of Nelson's leading public figures were honoured with civic awards .'Pictured are L-R: John David, George Adam, Pauline McCormick and Stephen Barnes.  PIC:Y ROB LOCK
Four of Nelson's leading public figures were honoured with civic awards .'Pictured are L-R: John David, George Adam, Pauline McCormick and Stephen Barnes. PIC:Y ROB LOCK

Pendle Council has honoured four people for the great work they have done for the borough.

Two were given the Freedom of the Borough – former Liberal Democrat councillor John David and ex-chief executive Stephen Barnes, who worked with the council from its start more than 40 years ago.

And former councillors Pauline McCormick and George Adam were appointed Honorary Aldermen of the Borough.

The special presentation event was hosted by Coun. Graham Roach in one of his final duties as Mayor of Pendle.

Mr David has been both Mayor and leader of the council during his almost 30 years of service to the borough.

Fellow resipiant Mr Barnes initially worked for Nelson Borough Council and then joined the new Pendle Council in 1974. He later became borough treasurer and was then appointed chief executive. he received special praise from Liberal Coun. Tony Greaves, who said: “He made Pendle Council effective – without Stephen we would be in terrible, terrible trouble.”

Conservative Coun. Linda Crossley praised new Alderman and former councillor Pauline McCormick as “an absolutely wonderful mayor” and councillor.

And her fellow Alderman George Adam was described as “a great role model” by Coun. Nadeem Ahmed. Mr Adam described his new title as “a great honour”.