THE family of well-respected former Morley town councillor Joe Tetley, who died last month, are heartbroken after discovering he was to receive an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours.
It’s been confirmed to them that Coun Tetley had been nominated for the honour but, because the official list of nominees had not been formally approved by the Queen before he died he will not be able to receive it posthumously.
However, his wife, Mrs Maisie Tetley, said she and her family wanted everyone in the town to know that the honour would have been his.
Mrs Tetley was officially informed by the Cabinet Office this week that the nomination for the MBE would have been offered to him.
Mrs Tetley said: “Unfortunately the Queen approved the list after Joe’s death and, as it is not possible for an honour to be awarded posthumously when this is the case, the MBE will not be awarded to him.”
Coun Tetley’s daughter, Caroline Marshall, said that her mother wanted to thank those who submitted his name for consideration.
“She shares the great disappointment which will be felt by all who knew him that this matter had to come to an end in this way,” she said.
Coun Tetley would have received the award for his work in the community in Morley.
As well as serving on Morley Town Council, he was the leading light behind the Morley St George’s Festival, which had grown to become the biggest such event of its kind in the country.
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