Four Burnley townsfolk had cause to celebrate over the weekend after receiving awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Lancashire and England fast bowler James Anderson was awarded an OBE for services to cricket and Susan Hughes, who has worked in the voluntary sector for more than five decades, was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Lancashire.
Mark James Hartley-King, who grew up in Harle Syke but now lives in Worsley, was awarded an OBE for services to the Professional Standards Unit and Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and completing the list is Carole Garrett, who received a British Empire Medal for her contribution to enterprise and skills in Burnley.
Mrs Garrett has worked for the last 13 years in a business advisory role as managing director of Profitoptimiser Enterprises, encouraging and assisting local entrepreneurs.
Working with public sector bodies, in the past 18 months alone she has been successful in brokering in excess of £4m. of finance for local companies.
Born and brought up in Burnley to parents Jean and Harold Beet, Carole’s career started in research and development for Lucas Aerospace where she worked for almost 30 years, before becoming director and general manager at their Wood Top site.
After deciding on a career change, she used her skills and experience to assist businesses that needed management and business support, which has developed to where she now has non-executive positions in multi-million pound turnover organisations.
Mrs Garrett said: “I am honoured to be recognised for something that I am so passionate about and I thank whoever was responsible for recognising my contribution and sponsoring the nomination.
“I am pleased to have been an integral part of the growth of many local businesses over many years including Cherrytree Bakery, BCW and Uni Play plus many others too numerous to list.
“It has been a pleasure to work with them and hopefully make a small contribution to their success.”
Jimmy Anderson’s latest honour has come just two months after he became England’s most successful Test bowler when he overtook Sir Ian Botham’s record while playing in the West Indies. He has now taken 403 Test wickets for England, 269 in one day internationals and 18 T20 wickets.
The 32-year-old said: “This means an enormous amount to me and my family. I’m very proud of my recent achievements, and this just caps it off.
“These achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of my family, friends and everyone at Burnley CC, Lancs CCC and England.”
Mrs Hughes has been involved with the Voluntary Sector since 1963 when she joined the Burnley Council for Social Service, now Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service.
She continues to be a trustee there alongside similar roles at Emmaus Burnley, Community Futures for Lancashire and Blackburn Cathedral Appeal while holding roles as president of Emmaus North West Partnership, 352 Burnley Squadron ATC and a Patron of Young Lancashire.
Her former positions include four decades as a volunteer, deputy manager and chairman of Pendle CAB Board, 32 years as a magistrate, the same length of time as a lay member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, 18 years as a member of the Lancashire Probation Committee and Board and 10 years as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.
She is married to Peter Hughes, a retired dentist, and has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include church embroidery, genealogy, art and writing.
Mr Hartley-King, attended St James’s Lanehead CE Primary School and St Wilfrids CE School, Blackburn, and was an Air Cadet in Burnley at the squadron based at Bank Hall. He is engaged to fiancée Rachael Campbell and their parents still live in Burnley.