Fylde Woman of the Year to be named on Sunday

The title of Fylde Woman of the Year will be won on Sunday – after judges revealed it was the closest decision yet.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who stages the event every year in conjunction with The Lytham St Annes Express, said there were more entries, and more difficult decisions for the judging panel than ever before.

He added: “This year, the standard of nominees has been higher than ever before.

“I’m delighted to see we had more entries than in previous years – and every one of them worthy.

“We have community leaders, volunteers who go about their business without a thought in the world for themselves, business leaders, and carers all nominated.

“In fact, the judges agreed it was the hardest to judge yet – and after getting down to a final three, had a tough time finally picking a winner.

“The final will highlight the work of all of the women nominated.

“That’s what Fylde Woman of the Year is about – making sure the unsung heroes of the borough are rightly recognised for their valuable contribution to society.”

This year, the judges included former Lytham St Annes Business and Professional Women president Katie Fieldhouse, landlord of the Hand and Dagger in Salwick Martin Evans, canon Godfrey Hirst, Janet Wardell JP and the first winner of the annual title, Christine Miller from Lytham.

Mr Menzies added:”The Woman of the Year campaign is about giving credit where it is due to our unsung heroes, and the award ceremony is always an uplifting experience.”

Last year’s winner was Pam Young, renowned across Fylde for her work with disabled children and adults, which received praise from the judges.

During her working life she was a Senior Sister at Clifton Hospital and remains a driving force behind the League of Friends group. She is an active fundraiser for a number of charitable organisations and volunteers to help many people in her community and through her church.

The ceremony will be held at the Clifton Arms Hotel on Sunday, from 12.30pm.

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