A stalwart of Hyndburn’s Chamber of Trade has been honoured after deciding to stand down.
June Pickup, who has dedicated 22 years of sterling service to the Chamber, retired from the post of secretary at this year’s AGM and was presented with bouquets of flowers and champagne.
Over the years, June has seen many changes within Accrington and been involved in all the Chamber’s various efforts to promote itself and improve the town centre for the good of retailers and shoppers alike.
She has worked tirelessly for the Chamber, organising meetings, taking minutes, writing letters and even organising the annual dinners.
President Raymond Goldstone said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to work alongside June for the past four years, nobody could have been more dedicated, professional and efficient and I share everyone’s good wishes for a long and happy retirement.”
Incoming secretary Shirley Howard added: “I would like to thank June for all her hard-work over the past 20 years. As a secretary and friend of the Chamber she has been dedicated in raising the Chamber profile. Taking over is going to be such a privilege and I hope I can give as much to the role as June has. I wish her well for the future.”
Shirley Howard of ‘Craft and Crumpet’ was elected unanimously as the new Secretary, with Julie O’Hara of ‘Barbara Kays’ elected as the new treasurer to replace Diane McDonald who stood down. Haworths were also re-elected as the accountants.
Elected on to the committee for a period of three years were Karen Hall, Kath Gregson, Kathryn Furey and Tracy Simmonds.