ONE of the borough’s longest serving councillors has thanked residents for their support.
Chorley’s outgoing Mayor, Coun Pat Case, who turns 80 this year, has clocked up more than 20 years as a borough councillor in what has been a long and distinguished career, including getting a CBE for dedication to her work.
She stepped down from her current seat of Heath Charnock and Rivington in the recent elections to spend more time on her county council work after struggling with health problems.
She said: “It has been an enormous honour to represent the people of Chorley for so many years and I’d like to thank everyone who I have worked with during my time on Chorley Council.
“I hope I have been able to go some way to improving the lives of the people I have represented and I’ve certainly enjoyed my time and will miss the debates in the council chamber.”
Grandmother-of-nine Pat was born in Astley Bridge in Bolton and grew up in Manchester until the Blitz when she returned to Bolton and attended Mount St Joseph School. She later studied at Manchester University.
She went onto teach at secondary schools in Bolton including her own former school and has been a lecturer at Bolton Institute of Technology, now the University of Bolton.
After getting her first experience as a councillor on the nearby Turton Urban District Council at the age of 24, she came to Chorley after marrying in 1961.
Her earliest visits to what is now her county ward were on the back of her grandfather’s horse and cart selling vegetables to the farms.
She was first elected on to Chorley Council back in 1976 and became its leader after nine months before losing her seat in 1978.
She was re-elected some time later in 1998 and went onto become deputy leader before becoming Mayor in 2011.
She said: “Chorley always has and always will hold a special place in my heart.
“We are certainly seeing a lot of new investment here with the great transport links and friendly, welcoming people who live here.
“My mayoral year has definitely been one of the highlights as I’ve had chance to meet so many amazing people and see the good work people do for others in Chorley.”
She remains a councillor on Lancashire County Council for Chorley Rural East.
Coun June Molyneaux took Pat’s place at Mayor at a ceremony at Chorley Town Hall on Tuesday.