TWO distinguished politicians are to become honorary aldermen of the borough.
They are Mrs Elizabeth Court and Miss Lesley Jackson, whose nominations were approved at last week’s Cabinet meeting.
Mrs Court, better known during her political life as Betty, was a Conservative councillor for a total of 11 years from 1976 to 1979, 1982 to 1986 and then from 1987 to 1991.
Labour councillor Miss Jackson, who is the sister of former Home Secretary Margaret Beckett, represented Labour on Hyndburn Council from 1996 to 2000 and then 2003 to 2007. She was also Mayoress in 2001-02 during the civic year of Councillor Dave Parkins.
They will be conferred with their titles by Mayor, Councillor Tony Dobson, at the Mayor-making council meeting to be held on 10 May.
Usual rules state that the holder of an aldermanic title should have served the council for 12 years, although consideration is given to those who have, during their years of office, held the title of Mayor, Mayoress, leader of the council or leader of the opposition, providing the latter office was held for three years or more.
Mrs Court, who represented one of the Oswaldtwistle wards, was leader of the opposition.