Civic Medals

In April, 1953, Blackburn County Borough Council decided to present Civic Medals to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the town.  The following have been awarded Medals since that time:-
 

  • May, 1954 Arthur Townsend - Outstanding service to the town through the Weavers' Winders' and Warpers' Association.  Also for service to the Council as a former Alderman
  • May, 1954  Miss Emily Ord - Outstanding service over many years as a senior member of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
  • May, 1955  The Provost of Blackburn (The Very Reverend William Kay) -  Provost for 19 years at that time, during which several significant projects had been achieved.
  • May, 1955 Alderman Edward Porter J.P. - 40 years' public service.  Was a former Mayor.  Organiser for General and Municipal Workers' Union for 27 years.
  • May, 1956 Ben Aspinall, M.B.E. - Outstanding service to education and wellbeing of young people in Blackburn.  Headmaster of Emmanuel School.  Served on Education Committee. Head Teacher's Association and for 15 years managed Blackburn Rovers' Junior players.
  • May, 1956 Tom Dewhurst - Outstanding service in the hospital and allied services for 30 years.  General Superintendent and Secretary of Blackburn and East Lancashire Royal Infirmary and subsequently General Secretary of Blackburn and District Hospital Management Committee.  Magistrate.
  • May, 1957 Mrs. Mary Hunt - Outstanding service rendered to the Scout movement in Blackburn for 30 years.  Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs) for Blackburn for many years.
  • May, 1961 Eric C.R. Page,  ARIBA - Outstanding service rendered to the Council over a period of 33 years, latterly as Chief Architect of the Council.
  • October, 1965 Oliver J. Wells - Outstanding service to the residents of the town through 58 years of devoted service to the Salvation Army.  (1965 was the Centenary Year of the Salvation Army).
  • October, 1965 Miss Alice A. Peel - Outstanding service to the residents of the town through 66 years of devoted service to the Salvation Army.  (1965 was the Centenary Year of the Salvation Army).
  • May, 1967 Clarence Fairhurst - Outstanding service to the athletic and sporting activities of the community through 30 years' active association with the Blackburn Schools' Sports and Athletic Association, Lancashire Schools' Athletic Association, Blackburn Harriers and Blackburn Sports Council.
  • May, 1968 Frank V. Powell, C.Eng.,AMICE, MI Mun E -  Outstanding service for a period of 26 years to the Council, 13 years of which he held the position of Borough Engineer and Surveyor.  During this time, certain major projects were brought to fruition.
  • February, 1975 Horace Tattersall M.B.E. - Outstanding service to the cultural life of the town in association with the Blackburn Music Society as its founder/secretary and its conductor.  Church organist for 50 years.
  • December, 1977 Miss Elizabeth Bromley - Outstanding service for over 50 years in the care and training of young children and adolescents in the Girl Guide movement.  Commissioner, then Division Commissioner and President of the Blackburn Division Girl Guides Association.
  • December, 1977 Mrs. Anne Spibey - Outstanding service for a period of 30 years in a wide range of voluntary welfare organisations and, in particular 21 years' continuous service in the WRVS.  At that time, Mrs. Spibey was Blackburn District Organiser.
  • March, 1985 John C. Jepson - Outstanding service to the Scout movement for more than 70 years.  Lifelong involvement in the United Reformed Church, Darwen and a Magistrate for many years.  Participated in many and varied local organisations.
  • January, 1990 Mrs. Mary Lawson - Outstanding and meritorious service rendered to the townspeople of the Borough by her involvement and commitment to a wide range of voluntary work over many years, particularly with the following organisations: Blackburn and District Council for Voluntary Services, Relate, Darwen and Blackburn Community Transport, Mencap, Community Drugs Committee, Crossroads, Victim Support Scheme,  N.E. Lancashire Law Centre Steering Committee, Ethnic Minorities Development Committee.
  • December, 1994 Blackburn Music Society - To acknowledge the Society's excellence and the pleasure given to audiences for over 60 years.
  • October, 1995 Blackburn Rovers Football Club - Outstanding achievement in becoming the Champions of the F.A. Carling Premiership for the 1994/95 season.
  • November, 1995 Bill Griffiths M.B.E - In recognition of his inspiration and example to others following injuries he received as a prisoner of war during the Second World War.  Awarded in the 50th anniversary year of VE Day and VJ Day.
  • March, 2006 Frank Gorton - In recognition of 46 years of dedicated service as a Borough Councillor and his long standing contribution to the Health Services and his long service as a member of various school Governing bodies throughout the Borough.
  • March, 2010 93 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron(V) - In recognition of 40 years in support of operational military deployments both home and abroad,  as well as being actively involved in the organisation and support for Civic events, charitable causes and assistance to various public organisations within the Borough.

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