Pat is Burnley’s first honorary alderwoman

CONGRATUALTIONS: Pat Bennett with the Mayor and Mayoress Coun. David and Mrs Joan Heginbotham. (s)
CONGRATUALTIONS: Pat Bennett with the Mayor and Mayoress Coun. David and Mrs Joan Heginbotham. (s)

A FORMER Mayor of Burnley has been awarded a top civic honour.

Ex-councillor Pat Bennett was appointed the borough’s first honorary alderwoman at a special ceremony in Burnley Town Hall.

Colleagues, friends and family gathered in the council chamber to watch the current Mayor, Coun. David Heginbotham, present Mrs Bennett with a special framed scroll in recognition of her “eminent” work for the community .

A special meeting of the full council was called and the following motion was passed unanimously.

It stated: “That we, the Mayor and councillors of the Borough of Burnley here assembled resolve that Patricia Bennett be admitted to the status of honorary alderwoman of the borough of Burnley in recognition of the eminent services she has rendered to the borough during the years that she was a member of this council, and as an expression of the high regard in which she is held by the members of the council.”

Mrs Bennett said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way.

“I’ve always held Burnley very close to my heart and it was a privilege and an honour to be able to service the local community as a councillor.

“I never thought that I would be recognised in this way, but it is a wonderful surprise.”

She served as a councillor from 1972 until her retirement in 2006, and was Mayor in 1990/91.

The title of alderman or alderwoman is only awarded to past members of the council in recognition of their services, and is a purely an honorary title.