Guests gather to honour Fylde’s top woman

Katie and Patricia Fieldhouse, and Janet Wardell.

Katie and Patricia Fieldhouse, and Janet Wardell.

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Dedicated volunteer Margaret West, who spent 25 years helping improve the lives of hundreds of people, was named Fylde Woman of the Year at a luncheon at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham.

Scout leader Rose Marshall and youth worker and entrepreneur Elaine Gregoire, of Streetwise Youth group Warton, were highly commended.

Representatives from Just Good Friends community group

Representatives from Just Good Friends community group

The event - staged by Fylde MP Mark Menzies and our sister paper the Lytham St Annes Express - celebrated the often unheralded work carried out in Fylde.

Mr Menzies said: “The judges told me they genuinely struggled to narrow down the field, and an even tougher time picking the winner. It’s been a delight reading about what feels like a secret army of community champions making our borough all the better. But they shouldn’t be secret.”

Among those shortlisted were In Bloom co-ordinators, cubs leaders, those fighting isolation, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence and those helping young women tackle peer pressure.

Mrs West, of St Annes, has operated a drop-in centre for the past 25 years. With a small band of volunteers, she offers a hot meal and a place to chat twice a week from the Aspire Building in St Albans Road, to vulnerable people.

Nominee Elaine Gregoire (right) with Colin and Margaret Summers, Gerry and Ella-Grace Gregoire

Nominee Elaine Gregoire (right) with Colin and Margaret Summers, Gerry and Ella-Grace Gregoire

Read more about the annual Fylde Woman Of The Year scheme here

Fylde mayoral table

Fylde mayoral table

Last year's winner Pam Young (right) and runner-up Linda Salkeld with respective husbands Mike and Richard

Last year's winner Pam Young (right) and runner-up Linda Salkeld with respective husbands Mike and Richard

Laura and Beverley Harrison, Zara and Carlla Harris

Laura and Beverley Harrison, Zara and Carlla Harris

Margaret West, 2017 Fylde Woman Of the Year

Margaret West, 2017 Fylde Woman Of the Year