Fylde Council leader Sue Fazackerley said she was thrilled to be awarded an MBE for services to the community of Lytham St Annes.
“It was something I never expected,” she said. “I am really proud that I was born locally and have lived in St Annes all my life and serving the community has always meant so much to me.”
Sue has been a councillor since 1987, representing St Annes’ Central ward throughout that time and took over as leader of the council from David Eaves in December 2014.
She first got into community work as a teenager while still a pupil at St Annes College for Girls, volunteering to help at the former Crossroads Club. "That was a club for the elderly run by Lytham St Annes Youth Service to the Community which met weekly in a local church hall and provided transport, entertainment and refreshments to around 75 people. I was involved with that for over 30 years," recalled Sue, who went on to be organising secretary of the LSA Youth Service.
She was a volunteer with the WRVS Luncheon Club for some 10 years, while other organisations with which she has been involved include Lytham St Annes Old People’s Welfare Committee, Age Concern, the Relief in Sickness charity, the War Memorial Housing Association, Christian Aid and the Brownies.
She was co-founder and treasurer of the Trinity Hospice Helpers’ Friends Group, treasurer of the League of Friends of Clifton Hospital and has also volunteered for the Samaritans.
She is a former churchwarden, Sunday School teacher and Church Council Secretary at St Thomas’ Church, St Annes where she is a lay assistant and choir member.
After some years as headmistress of St Annes College for Girls, she worked in the civil service from which she retired in 2008, shortly before becoming Mayor of Fylde.
Before becoming leader of Fylde Council, she was cabinet member for tourism and played a key role in the establishment of key events such as Lytham Proms and the 1940s Weekend.
“I love Lytham and St Annes and Fylde and I really enjoy serving the community and helping people through my council work,” added Sue. “It really is a great honour to be given this award."