Judith’s MBE honour for serving Morley

15 June 2012.....  Coun Judith Elliott awarded the MBE
15 June 2012..... Coun Judith Elliott awarded the MBE

A MORLEY councillor has been honoured for her hard work and dedicated within the community with an MBE.

Coun Judith Elliott says she is “thrilled” at the news that she has received the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Coun Elliott said: “It is absolutely wonderful news.

“I’ve known for a little while, but was sworn to secrecy, which has been difficult because I wanted to share the news with people.

“It’s such a great honour and I am delighted to be given this MBE.”

The Morley South Councillor has been Mayor of the town twice, first in 2002/2003 and then 2011/2012 and has represented the city of Leeds as Mayor in 2009/2010.

Coun Elliott set up the Morley branch of Save the Children Fund, has been recognised by the RNLI for the work she had done for them and was heavily involved with the Morley for Thirokvil, which raised £300,000 for Sri Lankan victims of the South East Asian Tsunami.

She also came up with the idea for the very successful Morley Literature Festival and worked tirelessly for Morley Murals.

She said: “I am so grateful for the support I have received from so many people over the years. They have helped me on so many projects and show that the people of Morley do great work.

“That is why this is an honour for them too. You need people around you to do great voluntary work in the community and nobody expects any kind of reward - just as I didn’t expect anything.”

Now Coun Elliott is waiting for further details on when she will be making that special trip to Buckingham Palace to receive her honour.

She said: “I am so delighted. It really is wonderful - especially in the same year as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. That makes it extra special.”