Three life-long members of the Church of England have been selected for a Royal honour.
Jim Scott and Jim Davies, who are members at St James’s Church, Briercliffe, and Bernard Parfitt, who attends St Nicholas’s Church, Sabden, are to be presented with Maundy money by the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral in April.
The trio are among 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese of Blackburn chosen to receive the coins which are a symbolic gesture of appreciation for people over the age of 70 for service to the church and community. The number 88 was chosen as 2014 marks the Queen’s 88th birthday.
Retired headteacher Mr Scott described the news as a “complete surprise and great honour”.
He said: “This is a tribute to all the wonderful people I have known who have helped and encouraged me in all aspects of my life and work.” Mr Scott (71) who will be accompanied by his wife, Sheila, at the ceremony, joined the choir at St James when he was nine. He is kept busy now with reader duties. He was at the helm of St Stephen’s Primary School, Burnley, for 21 years.
Fellow chorister and semi-retired accountant Mr Davies originally joined the choir at Holy Trinity Church in the town at the age of seven before moving to St James. He received a long service award at Blackburn Cathedral a couple of years ago and has performed many roles including church warden and sidesman.
Churchwarden Mr Parfitt, who has worked tirelessly for St Nicholas Church all his life, received news of the honour when he arrived back home from a holiday in Spain at the weekend. He will be 70 in February.