Tributes paid to Harry who made community a better place to live in

Harry Holland, MBE, who has died.
Harry Holland, MBE, who has died.
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A community stalwart who was awarded an MBE in 2009 has died.

Harry Holland died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, aged 90, after collapsing while shopping in Sainsbury’s on Red Bank Road, Bispham.

He was a dedicated community person

Mr Holland, of Clifford Road, North Shore, was an active member of Claremont Community Association in North Shore and formerly a chairman of his local area forum.

He was nominated for his MBE by his daughters Kim Faulkner and Wendy Dickinson.

The honour recognised his work with Claremont Community Association to create the community centre and Claremont Park Garden, and his active membership in his local neighbourhood partnership and policing, and community group.

Mr Holland, who leaves a widow Dorothy, was born in London and served in the RAF during the latter part of the war.

He went onto work as a bus and coach driver, travelling around the country, before eventually moving to Blackpool in the 1980s.

Claremont ward councillor Ivan Taylor said: “Immediately that Harry arrived here he became involved in the community.

“He was a dedicated community person who spent the rest of his life making a contribution to the area he lived in.

“He was very active right up until his death.

“When he received his MBE, it was a very proud moment for him.”

Mr Holland was named in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.

Instead of going to Buckingham Palace to collect his award, he instead opted for a ceremony with family and friends at St Annes Town Hall.

At the time, he said: “How I see it, once you retire you can either sit on your sofa and vegetate, or get out, go to meetings and give something back after all the years.”

Mr Holland’s funeral details have yet to be confirmed.