Former Burnley woman honoured for charity work with MBE

Jean Moore MBE
Jean Moore MBE

A FORMER Burnley woman who has dedicated much of her life to voluntary work has followed in her father’s footsteps in being honoured by the Queen.

Jean Moore, daughter of the late Alderman John Sutcliffe, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, and when she goes to Buckingham Palace later this year for the investiture it will bring back memories of the day in 1974 when she and her sister, Mrs Eileen Hemingway, of Pollard Row, Simonstone, accompanied their father when he was made an OBE.

Mrs Moore’s award is for 50 years of voluntary work in the Altrincham area, where she has lived since 1960.

She said: “I’ve always done voluntary work, just like my dad used to do.

“I don’t do as much today as I used to do but I have been associated with a lot of groups and charities for many years; I’ve always done things long-term.”

Among Mrs Moore’s commitments are her work at Timperley Methodist Church, the WRVS, for the Liberal Democrat party, Ladies’ Circle and Altrincham Festival.

She also followed her father’s political leanings.

A solicitor, he was the leader of the Liberal group on the old Burnley Council, became an Alderman in 1965 and in 1966 became the first Liberal Mayor in the town since the late 1940s. Mrs Moore (75), and her sister, were both educated at Sunny Bank preparatory school and went to Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay.

She worked on school meals at Walshaw Girls’ High School before she married and moved to Cheshire. She had two daughters and four grandchildren.

Mrs Moore said: “It was amazing somebody thought to nominate me. I think it is really lovely.”