Queen’s Honour For Ribble Valley Councillor
Published Monday 20th June 11
Ribble Valley councillor Joyce Holgate has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Councillor Holgate, who represents Whalley on the borough council, has received the honour for services to local government in Ribble Valley.
She has been a Ribble Valley councillor for 16 years and is a member of the council's Licensing, Planning and Development and Health and Housing Committees.
Born and brought up in Sabden, Councillor Holgate farmed in Billington and Wiswell Moor for 17 years, before running the Abbey Candy Store in Whalley for 14 years.
While a Whalley trader, she launched the Whalley Chamber of Trade and is now its honorary president.
Councillor Holgate was the first Ribble Valley Mayor from Whalley in 2002.
Ribble Valley Borough Council's chief executive, Marshal Scott, said: "Joyce is an outstanding and committed councillor, who has served her ward well for many years.
"She is extremely popular among council staff and the residents she represents, and we are delighted that she has received this honour."