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Civic service honour for Pool stalwart Lorrie
Dignitaries gathered in Pool-in-Wharfedale at the weekend to attend the parish council’s Civic Service.
MP Greg Mulholland and Otley town mayor, Councillor Mary Vickers were among the guests at the event, which took place at Pool Methodist Church on Sunday.
Also present for the service, which saw former parish council vice-chairman Lorrie Clemie presented with this year’s Pool Honorary Citizen award, were represen-tatives from St Wilfrid’s Parish and the Methodist Church, ward councillors Clive Fox and Barry Anderson and honorary alderman of Leeds’ Graham Kirkland.
Mrs Clemie received her shield in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to village life, having received the most nominations from members of the public.
Parish council chairman, Councillor Hazel Lee, said: “We had a wonderful service, with an excellent sermon delivered by the Reverend Julian Pursehouse, followed by excellent refreshments.
“Lorrie was very pleased with her well-deserved award, and it was fitting she has become an honorary citizen, as I remember her seeing an award being given for this somewhere else years ago and saying ‘what a great idea, we should do that’.”
Mrs Clemie’s voluntary work in Pool has included parish council service, supporting the tennis club and working with young people, supporting the entry into the Best Kept Village competition and backing the annual party for older residents.
Mr Mulholland said: “I was delighted to make it to Pool Civic Service once again this year to celebrate the village, the community and the fantastic work of the parish council during the past year.
“It was also great to be there to celebrate the work of the village’s new honorary citizen, Lorrie Clemie.
“It was a lovely service, and it is always great to make it along to Pool Methodist Chapel.”