MBE honour for former councillor

A former councillor has been made an MBE for her services to education and the community.

Elsie Harvey was a councillor at Blyth Valley Borough Council and helped to build Acklington High School in 2000.

The 76-year-old, from Seghill, was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Seghill councillor Margaret Richards, who took over from Elsie, said: “There is no one who deserves it more than Elsie.

“I was totally unaware of how hard an act I had to follow, for Elsie’s heart and soul was in everything she did, and being the councillor was only one of her roles within the community.

“Elsie’s enthusiasm and energy is evident in every aspect of her life.

“How she has managed to care for, and after, a husband and son, all the while giving so much to the community, I will never know.

“She is a wonderful role model to me, although I’m fully aware that I will never reach her standards.”

“I can only congratulate Elsie, a quiet, dignified yet determined lady, who well deserves being awarded the honour bestowed upon her,” she added.

A total of 35 people from across the north east have been honoured in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.