Guests gather to honour Fylde's top woman
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.
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.