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Top honour for Crawshawbooth champion
12:35pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A COUNCILLOR from Crawshawbooth has been awarded a prestigious honour by the Queen for her work in the local community.
Dorothy Farrington was honoured with an Order of the British Empire (BEM) at a special event, at Lancaster Castle.
She was recognised for her ‘hands-on’ service to the community of Good-shaw ward, which she has represented for eight years.
Labour councillor Dor-othy is a member of Craw-shawbooth Environment Group and Limey Valley Residents’ Association.
She said she always gets involved with local comm-unity initiatives and ev-ents, particularly those that help to make her village clean and tidy.
Dorothy was joined at the ceremony by her two sons, Dom-inic and Benedict, her three sist-ers, and two of her very good friends.
She said: “I don’t know who nom- inated me. It must have been someone in the village.
“It was absolutely a surprise.
“When I got the envelope from the Queen I thought ‘for good-ness sake, what’s this?’ and then when I opened it, my knees went.
“I’ve been a nurse and seen all sorts of blood and gore and my knees never went, but they did with this.
“I wasn’t allowed to say any-thing about it for ages, but I just wanted to shout it from the door.
“We had a lovely day on Friday. The sun was shining, and I was delighted that I could have all the people that matter to me there.
“I’ve been out doing my digg-ing this morning and people have been asking to see it.
“I’m going to take it out with me and I’ll be proud to wear it at certain events, like the cenotaph.
“I’m so honoured by it, I really am.”
A spokeswoman for the county council said: “Coun-cillor Farrington has been an elected member for the Goodshaw ward since 2006 and takes great pride in the appearance of Crawshaw-booth village, in partic-ular, and the ward as a whole. Although now ret-ired, she still gives a great deal of time, and energy, to her community.”
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