A FORMER mayor of St Helens and the chief executive of St Helens Chamber were both named in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Long-serving councillor Tom Hargreaves has been awarded the MBE for his 29 years of service to local Government.
But the 76-year-old admitted that the news had come as “a bolt from the blue”.
He said: “I can’t describe how humbled I feel by this royal recognition. It is an absolute honour to serve the community of Bold and the borough of St Helens.
“The people here are amazing with such a generosity of spirit and much of this honour is down to them.”
Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “This is a very well deserved honour for a very popular man who works tirelessly. Tom gives 110 per cent in everything he does to the benefit of his constituents, family and friends.
“He is an excellent politician who has always represented his community vigorously.”
St Helens Chamber chief executive Kath Boullen, who has worked for the Chamber for 22 years, has also been awarded the MBE.
St Helens Chamber has won five national British Chambers of Commerce Awards in recent years, including Chamber of the Year in 2010 and 2007, and has the highest membership rate in the country.
The chairman of St Helens Chamber, Steve Gange, said: “It is with great pleasure that I announce that Kath Boullen has received an MBE for her services to business in the North West. This is a huge honour for her and St Helens Chamber and is very well deserved.”